7 Tips for Flood Repair
7 Tips for Flood Repair
In one of our recent articles, we talked a little bit about the flood cleanup process. In that article, we described the different categories of water damage and discussed the flood cleanup process. (If you haven’t already, be sure to check out that blog post here.) But today we wanted to talk about something a little different. Instead of describing the categories of water damage and what the process looks like, we want to give you some simple steps you can take to make sure that the flood repair process goes as smoothly as possible. It’s our goal to make sure a disaster doesn’t get to keep the things it takes from you. That’s why today we wanted to give you a list of 7 tips for flood repair so that you can know what steps to take after a flood.
1) Take pictures of all the damage.
It’s incredibly important to have a record of all the damage that you can present to your insurer, which is why this is the first thing on our list. Before you do anything else, make sure you have everything documented. If you choose not to do this and start cleaning your home instead, you can actually limit your insurance coverage for the flood damage.
2) Be sure to call your insurance company as soon as possible.
This is another thing you should do as soon as possible. There are some things you’ll need to work out with your insurance agent, depending on the water damage and the extent of your coverage. Your insurance company may give you some ideas about what to do (or what not to do) during the flood repair process, and it’s always a good idea to follow their directions. They may also want to send an insurance adjuster to your property to assess the damage.
3) Make sure that you’re protected.
Once you get the okay from your insurance company to start taking some steps to clean your home, it’s important to make sure that you’re protected. Flood damage repair can be dangerous, so having the proper equipment is incredibly important. If the flood forced you to evacuate, take a look around your property and make sure that it’s safe to enter. Flooding can often cause damage to a home’s foundation, so being as cautious as possible is a good idea. If anything looks even remotely unsafe, you should call a professional for help. Once you decide that it’s safe to enter, make sure you wear things like waders or waterproof boots as well as rubber gloves.
4) Get the water dry as fast as possible.
Unfortunately, water damage and standing water isn’t one of those things that gets better with time. In fact, standing water becomes far more dangerous after just a few days. Standing water encourages things like pests and mold growth as well as dangerous microbes and bacteria. Even clean, Category 1 water damage can quickly become Category 3 water damage if left alone for too long. Getting the water dry as quickly as possible saves you from having to deal with far more dangerous problems. Plus, cleaning Category 1 water damage is a lot less expensive than cleaning Category 3 water damage. This means that avoiding hesitation when it comes to flood repair is a great way to save money.
5) Use air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry the affected area.
The longer you leave water damage alone, the more damage it deals to your home. In fact, leaving water damage alone for too long can even damage your foundation. For smaller amounts of water damage, use air movers (not fans) to keep air circulating around the water damage. You will also absolutely need industrial dehumidifiers to dry the area. Opening windows and relying on air movement is not a sure strategy. Moisture often imbeds itself deep into material, and needs a drying source. Depending on temperature and humidity, outside air might not cut it. And remember, the longer you wait, the harder and harder it becomes to clean.
6) Remove water-damaged furniture.
Another way you can help the drying process is by taking affected furniture outside. Leaving pieces of furniture under the sun can be a great way to make sure they get dry quickly. Doing this quickly can help save furniture that the water might otherwise damage beyond repair, so make sure to take it outside as soon as you possibly can.
7) Keep an eye out for mold growth.
Our list of 7 tips for flood repair would be incomplete without this one. One of the most common problems with water damage is that it can encourage mold growth throughout your home. Mold colonies grow best in places that are dark and full of moisture. So if your basement floods and you’re not able to dry it out right away, it can become a perfect breeding ground for mold colonies. If you find that there is mold in your home, there’s no need to panic. Companies like us that offer mold remediation services can help make sure that mold colonies don’t have a negative impact on your health or the health of your family.
If you’re interested in learning some more flood repair tips, we recommend checking out this article here.
At Delta Restoration Services, it’s our mission to get your home and life back to normal as quickly as possible. No one wants to deal with a disaster, but oftentimes we don’t have a choice. That’s why we’re here to make the process as simple and easy for you as it can possibly be. We have years of experience cleaning up water damage in homes throughout Grand Junction. So if you’ve read through our list of 7 tips for flood repair and still aren’t sure what to do, give us a call. Sometimes flood damage is too difficult to clean up on your own. Thanks to our state-of-the-art technology (check out our article on our contents cleaning, for example), we can make sure that you can return to life as normal after a flood—no matter how devastating it looks.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.