Flood Water Damage Repair & Restoration Columbus
There is probably nothing more devastating and damaging than to have your home flooded. Many factors can be responsible for a flooded house; it could be as a result of heavy rain, faulty sump-pump, Sewer backup and even ruptured pipes. This is often a period of major confusion concerning the necessary steps to take with regards to safety, cleaning, and water damage restoration.
Regardless of the cause of the flood, you have to be in control and must know the necessary measures to take once your home becomes flooded. Here are some water damage restoration measures to take after flooding has wreaked havoc in your home.
Once there is a major household tragedy the first thing to do is to ensure that you and your family are safe. If the flooding is really devastating, then you might be forced to leave your home for a while. And before moving back into the house to begin fixing things up, you need to make sure that the house is safe to do so.
Shut down the power or electricity – it is a known fact that water and electricity are not good companions. However, if switching off the power will require you to move into or stand on wet surfaces, it is advisable to leave it alone and hire an electrician to do it. Ensure you put on protective clothing like rubber boots and gloves anytime you make contact with flood water.
Avoid getting ill by ensuring you meticulously wash any glasses, dinnerware, and flatware that might have been affected by the flood before you start to use them again.
Protect your belongings. You can move wood furniture away from the damp or wet rug areas and place tin foil under the feet to avoid staining the rug. Similarly, take away any area rugs that could are on the wet floor.
Dry Out Your Home
Once you have successfully drained flood water from your home, everything may still be damp and wet, particularly if there is high humidity in your area. If you still have power, make use of your central air conditioning to help with getting rid of dampness and make sure your system fan remains in the “on” position (rather than automatic). You can also use portable fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the damp areas of your house. There is no such thing as “too dry” here, so ensure that you avoid molds, mildew and other lurking problems that may result if you move back in too quickly. You might need the services of an expert repair contractor to ensure your home is really. Time is very important and studies have shown that when you start drying your home within the first day and fully dry the home within 3-4 day, it will effectively eliminate the growth of mildews and molds.
Get in touch with the Insurance Company
Your homeowners’ insurance plan will differ according to the kind of policies you have in place. The insurer will bring an adjuster to examine and determine the kind of damage and decide if it is an insured damage. Keep a record of the values of every item you can remember and take as many pictures as you can before, during, and after cleaning the home. This will assist the adjuster when he or she comes to evaluate the damage. They may even recommend a restoration firm like us to assist with your cleaning and restoration work.
Decide what items are salvageable and discard anything that is too ruined or too dangerous to continue using. Bear in mind that you might need to take out the flooring, drywall, as well as insulation to stop fungus and mold from growing in your home. You will also need to dry, clean or discard your furniture depending on the extent of damage caused by the flood. We have assisted several customers and we are seasoned professionals in water and mold eradication which is a big problem in water damage repair.
Molds may start growing after the first day of a flood, and the instant it starts, it may be very hard to get rid of. If you are quick enough to remove the items from water on time and start drying them immediately, they will not be lost to mold so easily, however, it’s always advisable to not to leave anything to chance and have an expert evaluate the situation. In case of mold, All Pro will help you with the water damage restoration and renewal of your home to a healthy and clean condition.
The aftermath of water damage in your home from flooding can typically take a bit to recover from. Flooring often needs to be replaced, walls need to be restored and broken possessions are often in need of repair.
If you are unsure about what your first steps for home repairs should be when your house floods, then we specialize in water damage restoration and flood or natural disaster repairs. With our background in remodeling and renovation, we can get you repaired and restored and help you safely enjoy your home once again.