Spring is here and with the warmer temperatures, there is an increased chance of unwanted water finding its way into your Columbus home. No matter if it comes in the form of a damaged roof, plumbing overflow, broken water line, or even Mother Nature; it‘s imperative that you act quickly to remove the water. At Southeast Restoration, we firmly believe that unless you have years of experience, the proper equipment, and the know-how, you should call in a professional water damage restoration team to remove the water from your home for you. When you call professionals, you can rest assured that your home is in good hands and all the excess water and moisture will be removed from your home.
What to do until help arrives.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that the safety of you and your family is always is the first concern. Ask yourself if it is safe to enter your home. Keep an eye out for slip and fall hazards, remember some items can soak up water and could be a lot heavier than they were before the water damage.
If the water damage event is from a burst pipe, leaking appliance, or any other source that is coming from your indoor plumbing, turn off the main water valve to your home to stop the flow of water. If the water damage is in the walls, ceiling, or near any electrical outlet turn on any power source to your home. The last thing you need is to be struck by an electrical current when you make contact with the water.
When the technicians arrive the first step they take will be to assess the extent of the water damage. While you wait for them there are certain things you should not attempt.
After water damage occurs do not attempt to do the following:
Mold can be a factor in a water damage event.
Water damaged home interiors provide a “prime” environment for the growth and reproduction of mold and bacteria. Molds are parasitic in that they rely on dead or decaying organic matter for food. One of the favorite foods for mold is the paper on the drywall. This, coupled with warm humid air, creates the ideal environment for reproduction. Mold can appear in as little as 24 hours. The most common reaction to mold is an allergic reaction. However, individuals in a high-risk group, such as children, elderly, someone who is immune compromised, or has chronic respiratory problems may suffer more severe reactions.
Most professionals work with your homeowner’s insurance.
No matter the cause of the water damage you will want to call a team of water restoration professionals that will work closely with you and your insurance provider. The team of professionals you choose will pump out any remaining water, remove dangerous and damaged materias, dry and clean ceilings, walls, floors, and carpets with professional drying equipment after the damaged material is removed, and they will rebuild damaged portions of your home.
Work with your insurance to restore your home. Don’t wait to call; water removal and drying need to begin immediately. You will want to call a team available 24/7 365 days a year, day or night. In Columbus, we hope you will call Southeast Restoration for all of your water damage cleanup needs.