Water Damage in Your Home? Here's What To Do
From a flooded basement and weak floors or walls, to stained roofs - water damage can take many forms. There are several reasons why water can invade your home. So, what should you do if you find your home with water where it shouldn't be? First, don't panic. Obviously finding the source of the leak and stopping it would be ideal, but these are a few things you should take before you try to deal with the outside problem.
As long as water isn't gushing in:
1. Think about your health and safety. Don’t come into contact with contaminated water and avoid going into rooms or buildings with sagging or bowing ceilings to stay clear of a roof collapse. Also be sure to shut off the water supply and power for the affected areas.
2. Remove all items in contact with water, rugs, furniture, and any 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 from increased moisture.
3. If larger furniture is unable to be moved, try putting foil, plastic, or something water resistant under the legs to prevent it from sitting and soaking up more water.
4. Pay close attention to the walls and everything in the affected area. Dry the wet area as soon as possible utilizing vents, air currents, a shop-vac and 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 then 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.
If your home is suffering from water damage, call us out to fix it at the source with erosion control. In the meantime, don't miss our blog on waterproofing your basement!