How to (Calmly) Handle and Assess Home Water Damage

Updated: May 20

It is one of the most common household problems, from a flooded basement to weak floors and walls, to stained roofs, water damage. It can take many forms and there are several reasons why water can invade your home. Besides not panicking, what should you do if you find your home with water where it shouldn't be? Obviously finding the source of the leak and stopping it would be a great step, but these are a few you should take BEFORE you deal with the outside problem.

(If water is not gushing in)

1. Think about your health and safety and that of loved ones. Don’t come into contact with contaminated water and avoid going into rooms or buildings with sagging or bowing ceilings. In addition, shut off the water supply and power to affected areas. 

2. Remove all items in contact with water, rugs, furniture, any small loose or valuable items. There's a high amount of water in the air in the room and things like fabrics and photos/papers that are close to the water are more susceptible to molding and mildewing.

3. If larger furniture is unable to be moved, try putting foil or something water resistant under the legs to prevent the piece from sitting and soaking up water.

4. Pay close attention to the walls and everything in the infected area. Dry the wet area as soon as possible with vents, air currents, or by leaving the area well ventilated.

Don't hesitate to call a professional IMMEDIATELY. A restoration company can help with the cleanup and mold prevention and a professional company like JC Property Professionals can assess the outside damage, identify the source of the leak and have it fixed before it wreaks more havoc on your home, from leaky roofs, walls, and basement seals.

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