What can I do about water damage in my property?
There are many reasons that water damage can occur in your home or place of business. Floods, heavy rain, plumbing mishaps, burst pipes, leaking roofs and guttering, or even faulty appliances such as washing machines can cause flooding. Water damage problems should be attended to as quickly as possible in order to stop the source, repair the issue and stop any further problems from arising down the track.
If you have discovered water damage in your home, here are our ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ in order to reduce any further damage to your property and assist in water damage restoration.
Water damage DOs
Find the source of water and end it. If your pipes are leaking get in a plumber to fix the problem. If the leak has been going on for too long and you are aware of it, you may have trouble with insurance claims if flooding does occur. Therefore it is best to rectify the problem as soon as possible.
If you have water damage, turn off the electricity to wet areas so that access to the electrical panel is safe for those attending to the job.
When discovered, record photographic or video evidence of the root cause of the problem that led to the water damage. This is especially important if repairs have begun before your insurance company has seen the damage.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and wiping. Use large fans to circulate air to assist with drying. If you have access to dehumidifier, they are fantastic for removing excess moisture from the air.
Retain samples of the damaged property materials including carpets, flooring, or other damaged areas for insurance assessment.
Remove wet rugs or other floor coverings. If possible, move wet furniture and curtains outside into the sun to dry. Move any precious photos, and other sentimental items to a safe, dry location. Open drawers, closets, and cabinet doors to enhance drying. Spread out any other wet items to dry.
If water the water that has flooded your property is contaminated, avoid contact with such water and contaminated items and wash hands thoroughly if contact has been made.
Water Damage DON’TS
Never use a household vacuum cleaner to suck up water or any wet debris. In fact never use any electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floor. This will only end in disaster. Don’t even enter rooms with standing water if electricity is still switched on for the property.
Try not lift up tacked-down carpets yourself. It is better to get a professional to do this task as it can lead to further damage. Remove any books, newspapers, magazines or any other paper based or coloured items on wet flooring as it could cause staining.
If you discover mould growth – do not disturb it. Call in a professional for remediation.
Do not turn on ceiling fans or lights if the ceiling is wet, and do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
If the flood water is contaminated, don’t spread the problem further by walking on damaged or wet areas. If the water is contaminated, do not turn on the air conditioning system or use household fans to dry the structure. This must be handled by a professional.
If you have water damage in your Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne home we can help. Property damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within hours – call us at Disaster Restorations Australia we are the water damage experts. We offer property tailored solutions and a quick response to get your home back to its former condition as quickly as possible.