Recovering from Water Damage

From broken refrigerators to broken roofs, water damage varies in source and scale. If left to continue, water damage can harm the stability of your home. Wooden surfaces and drywall are especially vulnerable to fungal growth after taking on water. The Paul Davis specialists are the ones to talk to when your property requires water damage restoration.

Getting Ready for the Experts

It can be tempting to try and fix the leak yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the heavy lifting up to the professionals. However, there are some ways to clean before the Paul Davis crew arrives. You need to act quickly to salvage the possessions in your home from water damage.

First, evaluate the condition of your home. It’s no secret that water and electricity are dangerous together, so look for electrical hazards on the premises before you begin cleanup. Even if it appears safe, stay away from items like televisions, microwaves or other household appliances. To ensure total safety, shut down all breakers and circuits around your property to prevent electrocution.

Getting Started

Water can leak into everything. To prevent water damage from destroying small possessions, move them them first. Paper and inked things like newspapers need a level, dry surface. Don’t forget light fixtures and other shelf things either. The cleaning can begin when you’ve removed newspapers, small items and other wet materials.

To dry your property, use fans or your AC system. Remove water from wooden furniture and smaller surfaces. Though you may want to try, don’t use a regular home vacuum to remove water. Incorrect use of these tools can be hazardous to you and break the vacuum. When you’re ready to move furniture, lift up furniture like sofas onto wooden and cement blocks to elevate them above the floor.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. The additional weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods difficult to lift. This means when you need to move a carpet, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry thoroughly. Depending on the amount of water damage in your home, you may not be able to salvage every item of fabric you own.

Water damages your home’s structure the same way it affects rugs and carpets. Ceilings and floors will bend when they absorb too much water weight, it’s best to stay away from these hazards.

Why You Should Call Paul

Water damage is no match for the Paul Davis team. But with a some help from our customers, we can begin working sooner. We work hard to restore your property back to normal safely and quickly. Our specialists are experienced and have worked with varying degrees of water damage in different kinds of home and business spaces. Additionally, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims effectively, so you can return to normal.