As trusted Atlanta roofers specializing in water, storm, hail, fire, and smoke damage restoration, we know that water is the most damaging element to your home. Whether due to a major storm or other issues, water can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, compromising its integrity structurally, causing mold, and even damaging your furniture or other belongings. What should you do (or not do) in the event water makes its way into your home?
First and foremost, contact our professionals for help. You may not know it, but bacteria can begin to grow almost immediately, and it doesn’t take long for water to cause damage.
Shut off electrical power to avoid possible electrocution. It’s also a good idea to wear rubber boots, gloves, protective clothing, and a vapor respirator to protect against possible airborne contaminants and even snakes or rodents, depending on the season and where you live.
Help speed the drying process by opening up closet and cabinet doors, drawers, and other closed-in areas.
Move all of the belongings you can, such as family photos or heirlooms, to a location that’s dry. You’ll also want to remove small or light furnishings to prevent staining or rust caused by water; this will also help expedite the restoration process.
Unless your home is standing in inches or feet of water, remove as much of it as you can from the floors by blotting carpets with towels or mopping other surfaces.
Any appliances or electronics located directly on wet surfaces should be unplugged and removed.
Take up any decorative or area rugs or other floor coverings that aren’t attached to the floor.
If it is no longer raining, open up the windows to facilitate drying and allow air circulation.
What should you not do in the event of water damage?
Never attempt to vacuum up water using your home vacuum as it may not only damage the device, but you could suffer an electrical shock.
If your heating/cooling system has come into contact with water, leave it turned off. A running HVAC system could spread contamination.
To keep damage to a minimum, avoid walking on wet carpet any more than is absolutely necessary.
If you see visible mold, don’t touch it – let the professionals handle it.
Having your home ravaged by water is stressful, to say the least. Your biggest concerns are preventing the growth of mold, and getting your walls, baseboards, floors, basement, and other areas dried out as quickly as possible to keep damage to a minimum! Our Atlanta water damage restoration professionals are dedicated to restoring your home to its former condition as quickly as possible, using state-of-the-art equipment. Give us a call today, and enjoy peace of mind.