Flood and Water Damage Treatments

From malfunctioning appliances to broken pipes, water damage varies in origin and scale. If neglected, water damage can harm the foundation of your property. Wooden surfaces and drywall are especially vulnerable to fungal growth after covered in water. If your property takes on water damage, call the experts from Paul Davis.

Before the Pros Arrive

Before a Paul Davis technician arrives, there are several steps you can do to make the restoration speed up. You need to act quickly to save everything in your home from water damage.

Do not enter your house unless it’s safe. Your property becomes an unsafe place when exposed to water and electricity combined. Shut off the main breaker before entering your home. Even if they look undamaged, home appliances can deliver a powerful shock when touched by water.

Saving Possessions and your Home

Water is a pervasive liquid that can leak into every area of your property. To keep water damage from destroying small possessions, move them them first. Even, dry areas are best for airing out books, magazines and other paper materials. This includes small tabletop items, such as lamps and knickknacks. Once you’ve moved smaller items, newspaper and other wet materials, the cleaning can begin.

To start the drying process, use air movers and air conditioning in your house to circulate air throughout the area. Dry water from wood furniture or flat surfaces. Though you may want to try, do not use a regular home vacuum cleaner to remove water. The average vacuum isn’t equipped to clean up bodies of water. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden and cement blocks to elevate heavy chairs and sofas away from the the floor.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. The extra weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods difficult to move. This means when you need to move a large fabric item, lift carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the soaked area to dry thoroughly. Depending on how much water damage your home takes on, you may not be able to salvage every piece of fabric you own.

In severe flooding situations, the extra water weight can hurt the structural strength of your house. Because of this, do not go near sinking ceilings or bent floors. These areas have likely absorbed large amounts of water and could collapse under weight.

Why You Should Call Paul

Water damage is easy for the Paul Davis team. {And with a some assistance from homeowners, we can begin treating the flooding faster.} We can get your home back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians have worked with a range of flood conditions in different types of home and business properties. Additionally, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims quickly, so you can get life back to normal.