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First Steps If Your Home Is Water Damaged

Aug 11, 2008
In your home or in your business, a leaky faucet, a faulty water pipe, or worse, a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or a tsunami, can cause water damage that will cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to an arm and a leg. If there is water damage, there are some steps you need to take right away to prevent the damage from getting worse on your home or investment.

If you don't know what is causing the damage, then shut off the water from the source to prevent further leaks. Call a plumber to have him fix the leak right away, and then call your insurance company to report the water damage. It may be tempting to fix the problem yourself, but the job may not be done right, and it will end up costing you more in the long run. Call a professional to have it done the right way.

Before the water damage restoration professionals arrive at your home, be sure to clear the area of all furniture. Depending on what area of your home is damaged, move all the furniture to the other side of the house or move it to another room, and remove all decorations, picture frames, paintings, and anything else you have hanging on your walls.

Get rid of any excess water by mopping and wiping down the area thoroughly, using a vacuum if necessary. Make sure the area that the professionals will be working in has been dried as well. To discourage the growth of mold developing elsewhere in your home, open up the windows or turn on the air conditioner or a fan to improve air circulation in the room. Any furniture or decorations made with cloth-like fibers should be dried immediately.

That can include the cushions on your couch, the tapestries on your wall, the rug on your floor. Even wood can corrode and change colors if permitted to soak in water for a prolonged period of time. Use a fan or air conditioner or place the items outside to air dry. The main purpose is to move and protect all of your personal belongings as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

It is always a good idea to look into what your home insurance policy covers. If your home is in a flood zone, then check how much you are covered for and purchase additional coverage if necessary.
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