You probably have a lot of questions as to what to do next after you have experienced water damage in your home. After you have wet vacuumed and mopped all of the excess water and have begun the drying process, what comes next? The following list includes important things that you should review before beginning the restoration process and resuming everyday life in your home.
If you’ve had a significant flood in your home that has taken a few days to clean up, there is a chance that your home’s structure may have been compromised. Water absorption by wood and walls can affect its ability to adequately stabilize your home, which could result in another disaster later. It would be unsafe to move your family back into an unstable home, so be sure to have it thoroughly examined after the drying process is complete. As a warning, if the water damage was extensive, this may take some time.
If you have a large flood that affected the walls in your home, even after you have allowed them to dry, it is very important to look behind the walls for further damage. Odds are, a wall that experienced major water damage will dry textured or warped and will need replacement anyway. By scoping out the scene behind any damaged walls, you can ensure your home is properly dried and isn’t hosting any moisture that can lead to eventual mold growth.
This is more relevant to larger-scale water events, but all the same, it is important to exercise caution when dealing with your electricity after a flood. We all know electricity and water do not mix, so be sure turn off your power when you discover water in your home. When you begin the process of restoration, be sure to consult with a professional before you turn the electrical system back on.
Mold is a fast-acting problem that can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours. If you have a water event requiring more than a day or two of cleanup, there is a chance you could already have a burgeoning mold infestation, which will require professional mold remediation. Keep your eyes open for any signs of mold; mold can pose a serious risk to your health with long-term exposure.
Depending on the type of event, your homeowner’s insurance will undoubtedly aid you with the incurred costs of a large scale restoration project. Call your insurance company as soon as damage occurs and thoroughly document the situation, which will be helpful during the claims process.
The team at Restoration 1 of Durham-Greensboro includes only highly trained, certified home restoration technicians. If you need professional water damage restoration, call us at (919) 241-7311 today. We are available for around-the-clock emergency service in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas.
My experience with Restoration 1 was great. My point of contacts kept me informed at every step of the process and always called to confirm appointment details. Both Todd and Charles are excellent representatives of the company and I am very pleased with the timing of the repairs and the restorations/repairs that were performed at my residence. I would highly recommend Restoration 1 to others and (GOD forbid) I would certainly use them again if the need arose. Keep up the professional work and great customer service!
This team at Restoration One was Amazing! They took care of all our needs from start to finish. Very thorough and professional, I would highly recommend this team to anyone needing assistance.
What a Fantastic Experience we had with Restoration One . Their team was so experienced and took care of everything we needed from A to Z. I would highly recommend this team to anyone needing help.
Top notch. From a quick response, effective water mitigation, listened to my concerns, flexible scheduling of repairs and excellent repair work. Restored to like new!
No one in Durham wants to deal with a house fire. Luckily, most of us know that the first thing you need to do is call for help to get the fire put out, and that one thing you should not do is enter a burning building. There are also a lot of other things […]
Winter is here, so we have a new set of worries for our homes – specifically, for our plumbing. On average in the wintertime, temperatures in the Durham-Greensboro region drop anywhere between the 30s and the 50s, and snow is a constant concern. With this in mind, have you ever thought about how your pipes could […]