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The Homeowner's Water Damage Restoration Checklist

We all know that our homes can face water damage no matter where we live. These problems can have a variety of sources, like burst sewer lines, leaking pipes, or even a natural disaster.

So, let's get started... First thing first. The very first step in repairing water damage is to identify its source. Then, you should act immediately to prevent any destruction of the floor, walls, or any other property near the source of the issue. Water damage in our homes can be a major problem and it can lead to more internal issues that cost us more money to repair or replace.

Hiring a professional to safely handle these issues is often necessary since water damage restoration can be a tough process with many risks involved. However, it is important to have some initial knowledge that can help you, not only identify the issue but also, help you to gain confidence at the time you have to choose a water restoration service.

Follow this reading for some of the advice and tips on how to handle water damage problems:

Water is vital for life however, water can also cause great damage and destruction to our homes. Water can overflow and cause serious destruction to our properties, not to mention those extreme types of water damage aka "black water" damage like floods and sewage that require immediate action to prevent explosions and bigger problems.

As a homeowner, it is absolutely essential to inspect risks in particular locations for water damage and mitigate it as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether you need to repair the damage by yourself or hire a restoration expert, you should first assess the overall situation.

Generally, if you notice a moderate or small amount of water damage in your home, it can usually be repaired with the right tools. When you have flooding in your house, it is best to choose professional services available in your area that deal with water damage restoration and all the hustle this might bring.

To ensure that the repair work is done on time, here are the things you should do:

  1. Turn off the electrical breaker.

  2. Keep an eye on the gas lines.

  3. Check on your valuables and major appliances.

  4. Shut Off the main water valve.

  5. Call water damage experts and mold inspectors.

  6. Document the damage.

  7. Move possessions.

  8. Call your insurance.

Damaged areas could harbor a lot of bacteria and other potentially harmful microorganisms that can cause illness and health problems. Especially when dealing with different types of water.

It is common for mold to grow in water-damaged areas, so it is important to sanitize immediately within the first 24 hours that mold starts to grow.

Water Damage - 1 to 24 hours:

Within just a single hour up to a day after your home has been exposed to water, it will begin to cause damage. This is when drywall begins to bulge and break, furniture begins to swell and crack, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

Water Damage - 48 hours up through 7 days:

Between hour 2 and the end of the first week, the damage will compound. Your home will experience growth and spread of mold and mildew. The doors, windows, and wood flooring may swell and warp, and metal may begin to rust and corrode. At the same time, there is a possibility of serious biohazard contamination.

Water Damaged - After More than a Week:

If water damage persists for more than a week, mildew and mold growth, structural damage, and biohazard contaminants may pose serious risks to you and your family. The delay in restoration time may also increase the cost to repair water damage significantly.

Mold spores and the need for mold remediation and decontamination services are almost guaranteed at this point.

Remember: Make sure you regularly inspect your home and areas that are prone to water damage to avoid any surprises. ;)

If you need to take action as soon as possible, contact us APD Roofing/Discount Dry Out Service, an IICRC-certified company, and we will help you with your emergency dry out and assist you from the onset of the damages all the way through to the restoration of your home. Call us today at APD Roofing/Discount Dry Out Service, and we'll get you started.

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