Responding to Water Damage

From faulty washing machines to leaky pipes, water damage changes in source and severity. Wherever it begins, it can cause severe harm to the infrastructure and stability inside. Wooden surfaces and drywall are susceptible to fungal invasion if neglected after flood damage. The Paul Davis specialists are the experts to talk to when your home or business takes on water damage.

Before the Pros Arrive

Before a Paul Davis specialist appears, there are different steps you can do to make the job speed up. From the floors, walls, ceiling, and your prized things, it's essential to work quickly to prevent water damage in your home. Before beginning, it is important to verify your home is safe to enter. Your home becomes a dangerous place when exposed to water and electricity combined. Before walking into your home, shut off the main breaker. Even if they look safe, home appliances can deliver a powerful shock when damaged by water.

First Things First

Water gets into everything. To keep water damage from harming small possessions, relocate them first. Use a dry, stable surface to put books, magazines and other paper things. Books and paper or inked items should be placed on a dry, stable surface. Small lamps, knickknacks and other tabletop items should also be removed. The cleaning can begin once you've removed books, small items and other wet materials. Circulate air through your property using fans to dry the floors, walls and other surfaces. Leave the big messes for the experts, but you can wipe or mop smaller messes. Though you may want to try, you should never use a regular home vacuum cleaner to clean water. Improper use of these tools can be harmful to you and break the vacuum. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden or cement props to lift sofas off the floor. Carpet and fabrics are typically heavy when wet. This extra weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs difficult to lift. So if you need to move a rug, lift carefully. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry thoroughly. Depending on how much water damage your home takes on, you might not be able to save every item of fabric you own. Water damages your home's structure the same way it affects rugs and carpets. Because of this, do not go near sagging ceilings or bent floors. Areas like these have likely absorbed the most water and could fall under weight.

Why Paul Davis?

Paul Davis pros are experienced with flooding. But with a some assistance from you, we can begin working faster. We know how to restore your home back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our pros are experienced and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in all kinds of residential and commercial spaces. Furthermore, Paul Davis negotiates with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.