A home or property that has recently experienced some water damage due to flood or a burst pipe can be devastating to look at. It could be hard to look at your space and not feel sad over lost items and important things that are irreplaceable. It can be tough to see how water has damaged your beautiful home, making it inhabitable for some time.
Water damage restoration is a process that can help somehow reverse the damage that excessive water has done to your living space. Most people turn to professionals to perform water damage restoration in their homes.
To find a good water damage restoration company, you should check online or ask for referrals from friends. Ask restoration companies for client references to see if their other customers were satisfied with their work. Look online for negative feedback and other comments that customers might have about the restoration company. Also ask the restoration company for certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC and other restoration organizations. Being certified by these organizations assures you that the restoration service provider follows a set of industry standards.
Before the restoration company arrives at your home or water damaged property, here are some things you can do to help them and to ensure the safety of your household:
- Seal off the water damaged area – If there’s still water in the damaged area, make sure that it is not leaking into the other areas of your home. Contain the damage to that particular area as much as you can until the water damage restoration company arrives. This ensures that the rest of your property won’t get water damage too.
- Avoid the water damaged area – Molds and bacteria could easily be airborne in the area where water damage has set. Make sure that you and other family members steer clear of the area for the meantime.
- Don’t attempt to clean it yourself – This is especially recommended for flood water damaged spaces. Flood water could come from drains and water from sewers which are full of bacteria. If you have an open wound that has come in contact with the filthy flood water, you could develop rashes or get infected with leptospirosis and other diseases. The restoration company has hazmat suits and safety gear that protect their technicians from getting infected. Thus, you should leave the cleaning to the professionals.
- Assess the damage from a safe distance – Your insurance company will need you to identify items of value to determine the damage and the cost to replace such items. If you have photos of the room prior to water damage, those would help. If not, try to recall as much as possible the items that were inside the room. List them down and try to determine when these things were purchased. It would also help to have the warranty, receipts, and other pertinent documents on hand when the insurance agent arrives.
- DIY only for clear water damage – If you don’t have a lot of money to hire a water damage restoration company and your space was damaged only by clear water or water from clean sources, then you can perform your own DIY water damage restoration. You will still need someone to remove the water and make sure that the space is safe to use again, but that will be cost you less than having someone restore the entire space for you. Once you have determined that the space is safe enough to restore, you can start your DIY restoration by looking for online sources and tips from professional restoration companies.