When these things happen it’s hard to know what to do because the situation itself can be frustrating and scary, however it’s extremely important not to panic.
A wet environment acts as a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Mopping up the water isn’t enough to properly remove the moisture that can cause further damage and health risk.
If your home is experiencing water damage, you shouldn’t try and fix it yourself, here are some suggested next steps:
What To Do If You Find Water Damage In Your Home
The first thing you’ll need to do if possible, is cut off the source of water. Then evaluate what type of water damage you have.
There are 3 categories:
Category 1: Clean Water Damage
This is water that comes from a clean source and is not contaminated.
Category 2: Gray Water Damage
Gray water contains contaminants or chemicals. Exposure can cause sickness or discomfort.
Category 3: Black Water Damage
Black water is extremely unsanitary and typically comes from appliances or toilets. This water contains pathogenic agents.
If you’re dealing with clean water, there are a few steps you can take while waiting for professional mitigation.
Remove smaller furniture and items from the area. If you can do so safely, unplug and remove any electrical devices.
Once a water damage specialist arrives, they will begin the drying process. There are very specific protective measures and protocols that a professional will know how to follow.
This is important in order to properly prevent the growth of mold and spread of bacteria.
A professional can also help identify and communicate the damages with your insurance company.
How much does water damage restoration cost?
It’s normal in this type of situation to want to save money by attempting to repair the water damage yourself; however, professional restoration is worth the price.
The cost for restoration will depend on the type and extent of the damage. Again this will depend on the category of water you are dealing with.
Black water is the most costly to clean up, whereas clean water is the least expensive. The size of the affected area will also be factored in.
Once the category of water has been verified, the damaged materials that need repair or replacement will be addressed.
The good news is, in many cases, your insurance company will cover the cost of most, if not all damages less the deductible.
Working with a professional water restoration company is the best way to ensure your home and/or business gets restored quickly, safely, and as cost-effectively as possible.
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