How to Recover From Water Damage: Taking the First Steps

Water damage can be one of the biggest disasters a homeowner could face. Water-damaged possessions can be unsalvageable and the cleaning process can cause wear and tear on both the house and the homeowner. When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. If you are able to act quickly, you can minimize the damage to your home and your possessions.

1. Take Electrical Safety Precautions
Water and electricity don’t mix! Shut off all circuit breakers that power the wiring and outlets near the affected area. If you are recovering from a widespread flooding event and have standing water in your home, you’ll want to contact your electrical utility company or licensed electrician to take extra precautions.

2. Remove Furniture and Moveable Items
You will want to move all furniture and moveable items around the affected area out of the way. The faster you get items of out the way, the more likely it is that you will be able to save them.

3. Contain the Flow
As the flow of water increases in your home, the damage could be getting worse by the second. Stopping the flow of water into your home is the most important thing you can do to prevent mold growth. It is crucial to know where your home’s main water shut-off valve is and to make sure you are able to properly turn it off. Most often, the shut-off valve is located on the outside or in the basement of the home.

4. Report the Damage
Once you have taken all the safety precautions and stopped the flow of water, you should call your homeowner’s insurance company to report the damage. If you are not sure what your insurance covers, look into it now before a water-related incident may occur. You should also plan to take photos of all the water damage prior to clean up.

5. Call for Help
Due to the severity of damage that water can cause to a home, it is important to look into hiring a water damage remediation company to assist. Our team specializes in getting into your home on the same day that the incident is reported to us. Call as early as you can so that we can get to you as soon as possible.

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How to Recover From Water Damage: Taking the First Steps
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