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-Raleigh includes only highly trained, certified home restoration technicians. If you need professional water damage restoration, call us at 919-372-4752 today. We are available for around-the-clock emergency service in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas.
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