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Understanding the Water Damage Restoration Process

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Cleanup Procedures

If your Todd Creek, CO, home experiences water damage, the cleanup process can be overwhelming. Understanding the water cleanup procedures will make the restoration period less stressful and more effective. The following steps outline the process.

1. Ensure safety. Water can be dangerous if it comes into contact with electricity. Cut the power to the affected area. If you cannot do this yourself, have a certified electrician do it for you.

2. Assess the damage. Make note of all damaged items. Take video or photos of the affected areas, being sure to capture as much detail as possible. This will make it easier when you file the insurance claim. Call your insurance agent and see if there are any special instructions for documenting water damage.

3. Dry out the property. It is important to act quickly because mold can begin to grow within 24 hours. Use pumps or specialized vacuums to extract the water. You can also use buckets to scoop out the water if necessary. Fans and dehumidifiers can help dry out any remaining moisture.

4. Clean affected areas. The water cleanup process varies depending on the source of the water. If the water is not clean, has been stagnant for an extended period or has come into contact with contaminants in the home, it will be necessary to sanitize all affected items. There are a variety of cleaners available. Choose one appropriate for both the level of contamination and the surface you are cleaning.

5. Repair and replace damaged items. Everything that cannot be fully cleaned and dried should be thrown away. Other items can be repaired. Some homeowners may be able to complete basic repairs, such as painting. Delicate items, including electronics and antiques, will likely need to be professionally restored.
Whether you are dealing with water damage from broken pipes or any other source, quickly and thoroughly completing the cleanup process can help prevent further damage. If you need assistance, a certified restoration company has the experience and expertise to do the job right.

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