Handling Water Damage
Water damage at home can stem from a variety of sources. Wherever it comes from, it can cause serious harm to the infrastructure and stability indoors. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are prone to mold and mildew growth if neglected after water damage. Our specialists at Paul Davis are the experts to talk to when your home or business experiences water damage.
Preparing for the Professionals
Before a Paul Davis professional arrives, there are several steps you can do to help make the job speed up. You need to work quickly to salvage everything in your home from water damage.
The first step to take is to evaluate the condition of your home. It’s no secret that water and electricity are hazardous together, so inspect the area for electrical hazards around your home before you begin cleanup. Exposed wiring or wet electronics can be a danger, even when they have been shut off. Turn off all breakers and circuits to avoid electrocution and ensure total safety.
First Things First
Water is a persistent liquid that can seep into every area of your house. As soon as your home is safe to enter, move all your possessions. Paper and inked things like magazines need a level, dry surface. Lamps, collectibles and other tabletop items should also be removed. The real work begins when you’ve moved books and other small items.
To begin the drying process, we recommend fans in your home to move air around the area. Soak up all smaller pools and sitting water with a wet mop or towels. Though you may want to try, don’t use a standard home vacuum cleaner to remove water. These appliances aren’t designed to suck up bodies of water. If your furniture has been affected, use wooden or cement blocks to raise furniture above the floor.
Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. This extra weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs hard to dry. This means when you must move a large fabric item, lift with caution. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the wet area to dry thoroughly. Items like these may not be easily salvaged.
The same water weight that damages rugs and carpets can hurt your home’s foundation. Ceilings and floors can bend when they absorb too much water weight, be sure to stay away from these hazards.
Why Paul Davis?
Water damage is no match for Paul Davis. With a little professionals arrive speeds up the restoration process. We will return your property back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians have worked with a range of flood conditions in different types of home and business properties around Odessa. Furthermore, Paul Davis will work with your insurance company to settle your claims quickly, so you can return to normal.