Water damage is sneaky. We all know we need to get rid of the water and dry the damaged area quickly. But even after that, there is still much more work to be done. If the damage seems small, you might decide to undergo the restoration process on your own. However, that may not be the best idea. Water damage restoration is tricky, and not all of the damage is immediately obvious.
Turn Off the Water
If storms and flooding aren’t the cause of your water damage, then it is most likely due to a burst pipe or broken appliance. The first thing you want to do is turn off the main water line. This is usually located in your basement or just outside of your house. Once it’s turned off, then turn on the taps to empty the line more. Turn off the hot water heater before running the hot water taps.
Move as Much as You Can
Try to move as many pieces of furniture and other belongings as you can to somewhere dry. Documents can go in the freezer to keep the ink from running and mold growth at bay until you can go through them. PIctures can be hung up by the corner; just make sure nothing is touching the top of the photos. If you are worried about damaging photos, then consider a water damage restoration service such as ABCO Restoration. We can digitally scan and restore photos, artwork, and other documents, so even if the original can’t be salvaged, it won’t be lost.
Water Damage Restoration Starts With Drying the Area
Once the flow of water has stopped and you have moved what you can, it’s time to start drying the area. The amount of water you have to get rid of will determine which tools you need for the job. Small amounts of water can usually be handled with a mop or a shop vac. Pay particular attention to corners and baseboards, since water can get in between those areas and start to cause rot and mold. You may have to pull up the carpeting in order to dry underneath it. Larger amounts of water may require professional attention. A water damage restoration service can bring in pumps and industrial-grade equipment to dry the area quickly. If parts of your wall were damaged, then the service will handle cutting out the damaged wall and repairing the area.
One of the reasons water damage is so devastating is because it can continue to cause damage long after the water is gone. It can be hard to get to all of the places that were damaged. At ABCO Restoration, we have seen just how sneaky water damage can be. Our experts can work with your insurance and come up with a plan to get rid of the water fast. Our work comes with a 5-year guarantee – that’s how confident we are in our team to get the job done right. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are dealing with water damage, don’t wait until it gets worse. Give us a call today!