Manteca: 6 Steps for a Water Damage
Water damage can easily be considered one of the worst disasters that may occur at your property. It’s crucial that immediate action takes place when damage is discovered. All too often, we are caught off guard and unprepared which delays response time and can lead to further damages. SERVPRO of Manteca has these tips to offer:
First… are you covered? Before the damage even occurs, be protected with home owners insurance. Insurance will help soften financial blows. If its determined that you waited too long to report damages and extended damages occur, you may be left to pay for the repairs yourself. Make sure you seek assistance at the first sign of trouble.
Whether your insurance provider covers your claim or not, you should take immediate action to protect your property.
Step 1 – Locate The Source And Shut Off The Water Supply
The next move to make when you discover water damage, is to find out where the water is coming from and shut it off. Better yet, turn off the water supply to your home. Leaking pipes or a pipe that burst are the most common cause of water damage. If you have a large water loss on your hands, you should also shut off electricity and gas if possible.
Step 2 – Start A Claim With Your Insurance Provider.
You should notify your insurance company immediately of the water damages. Even if the damage is not covered, they will be able to assist you in contacting professionals to begin restoration.
Step 3 – Rescue Your Most Valuable Belongings
Gather your important things from the affected areas and put them in a safe place. Family heirlooms, jewelry, money, photos etc.. You should also allow electronics and outlets sufficient time to dry before plugging them in.
Step 4 – Eliminate As Much Water As Possible
Get rid of access water. Remove rugs and hang them to dry, use a broom or mop to assist you with standing water. A wet vacuum is also a handy tool for carpeted areas.
Step 5 – Ventilating the Affected Area
Proper ventilation is needed in order to prevent mold & mildew. Open all windows if humidity is lower outside than indoors. You may use fans to assist if you still have power and only if you are certain that mold is NOT present. Fans can spread mold, further contaminating the home.
Step 6 – Is Mold Present?
Mold is dangerous to clean on your own because disturbing the mold will cause it to release spores. According to the IICRC S520, mold remediation and removal should be done by experienced and trained technicians equipped by full protective suites, gloves, masks and using special machines such as air scrubbers and dehumidifiers.