Water damage restoration is considered as “the better way” for most flood victims as this can help save up a big chunk of your savings. Despite a long and difficult water damage restoration procedure, victims still opt to give this option a try instead of plunging into the more convenient options of property replacement.
To help you ensure a safe water damage restoration process, we have listed down a few tips for everybody’s guidance. Take a look.
1. Beware of hazards. Water and electricity – that makes a good mix for electrical hazards. Bear in mind to check structural damage before your enter a flooded home. Do not hesitate to contact professionals who can help you expedite a safe water damage restoration.
2. Throw away canned goods and other water-damaged food which have been infected by the flood water. Make sure that you boil local water public supply for any form of consumption. To be safe, consider water supply unsafe declared by the authorities.
3. File an insurance claim. When you call your insurance company, be ready with your policy number and a list of your detailed property losses that you want to declare. When making your list, include the value and the age of the property if possible. If you have the receipts all lost items, keep this readily available for your adjuster.
4. Take pictures, before you even proceed with you water damage restoration, take time to take photos. This will facilitate a convenient and easy process in filing your insurance claim.
You adjuster needs all the evidence you can give in preparation of your repair estimate.
5. Prevent mold contamination. Flooded homes are vulnerable to mold and mildew. Saturate carpets, beddings and other stuffed furniture. Before proceeding to water damage restoration for your stuffed properties like pillows and couches, take time to evaluate the damage. If the damage was serious, replacement would be the better option. Fluffy, damp and dirty furniture make a good environment for mold contamination.
6. Dry out your home interior completely. Using portable dehumidifiers will help you expedite the drying process. Your air conditioners can be a big help as well.
7. Take photographs of damaged walls before finally removing them. Knock small holes found at the floor level of the dry wall. This will allow trapped moisture to seep out and start drying.
8. Check your furnace for damages. Your water heaters may work but if flood water seeped into the tank, there’s a big chance for damaged installation.
9. Water damage restoration for your important social documents and photographs is easy. Take damaged items out of the remaining flood water. Rinse in running clear water (faucet water) then air dry. Avoid touching the prints as this can cause the image to blur. Do not allow your photographs to dry out under the direct heat of the sun. This can cause your pictures to curl up quickly.
10. Before proceeding to water damage restoration, take time to evaluate the damage done. Some items may be better off thrown away. Depending on the item, some water damage restoration procedures can be costly. Spending money on uncertain objects may not be worth the effort and time.
Water damage restoration will always be a brilliant option. Before plunging into any decision; however, always take time to think and evaluate the damage of the property.
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