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4 Easy Steps to Follow When There is Water Damage in Your House:

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in living room A visual example of how it feels when there is water damage in your home

As the experts in the field, we can guide you through the process of restoring your home when there is water damage. Something to note- these situations can be tricky: There could be damage hidden in the walls that is not easily visible, or depending on the source of the loss there could be bacteria in the water.

Here are some simple recommendations when there is a small water damage in your home, but know that you can call us when there is an emergency since we are always ready to help.

The process is simple:

1. Shut off Water and Correct the Source of Damage
As soon as the damage starts, the most important thing is to make sure that the loss doesn't continue. This can be easily done by locating where the water shutoff valve is in your house. Once the water is off, it's recommended that if you can't fix it yourself, you call a plumber to assess the damage and make any necessary repairs.

2. Clean Areas Affected by Water and Assess the Damage
When a water damage is small, some towels might be able to stop the excess water from affecting more of the house. In our experience, if the water damages is overwhelming, you will need to call for help. If you're doing it on your own, make sure to move around furniture, salvage any belongings, and take pictures of the damage for your records. It's important to observe how extensive the damage is and take notes.

3. Dry and ventilate
One very important thing you have to look out for is asbestos. If your home was built is older, cutting walls can cause major health risks. With minimal damage, you can place fans and attempt to self dry the affected area. Open the windows and let air circulate outside so that the humidity in the air gets reduced. Local hardware stores usually have small inexpensive fans that can help.

4. Check With the Experts
Give us a call! Our team can perform a professional assessment of the damage. We are preferred vendors for several major insurance companies and can assist you with learning how to communicate with the insurance adjuster, as well as recommend what is necessary for the home to be fully restored.

Other things to consider:
- Should I open up an insurance claim?
In our experience, something worth evaluating is the cost of your homeowner's insurance deductible compared to the cost of the claim. We recommend calling us first before the insurance so that we can advise you on the proper steps.

- What type of water is it?
There are 3 types of water: Clean, grey, and black. Professionals can assess the type of water through the eyes of insurance, and recommend the proper action to take if the water isn't from a safe source.

Our team takes pride in serving as a resource for the community. Please feel free to give us a call at (619) 482-1131 with any questions so that we can assist you in your time of need.

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