What Should I Do Immediately After Water Damage?

Water damage is probably one of your worst nightmares if you’re a homeowner.

Approximately 77% of Americans yearly deal with this nightmare of water damage in their homes.

Acting quickly is very important because the more you wait, the worse the damage becomes.

Here’s how quickly water damage can progress in your home:

  • The First 24 Hours: The source of the flooding (or leak) soaks everything near it. Drywall, furniture, doors, window frames, floors, walls, books, etc. – nothing is safe from getting extensively damaged. The main risk is the water entering and damaging the home’s electrical system. All this can occur within the first 24 hours of the water damage outbreak.
  • The First 3 Days: Think water damage stops after the first day? Think again. Water damage only gets worse in the next three days. The damaged items are damaged even more. Metal items start corroding. Wooden and cement structures start losing their mechanical integrity. Mold and pests thrive in such conditions. So, a home that’s been damaged by water for 3+ days is technically a biohazard zone.
  • The First Week: One week of continuous water damage can ruin any property. The structural damage becomes widespread and even stepping inside the house becomes a huge accident risk.

These are the reasons why homeowners must act with urgency, even if the problem is a small, seemingly harmless leak.

Conroe water damage recovery experts recommend homeowners take the following steps after their homes experience water damage:

  • Step 1: Locate the source of the leak. If flooding is caused by rainwater, try to keep as much water as possible by closing all doors/windows. If it’s a faulty line behind the toilet or underneath the sink, shut off the supply line valve. If it’s a leaking pipe, call plumbers to fix it. Before the plumbers arrive, use pipe tape or epoxy putty to temporarily close the leak.  
  • Step 2: Whether you pinpoint the problem or not, turn off your home’s electricity line and main water supply for some time.
  • Step 3: Contact your insurance company and schedule an inspection. Track all the losses you experience because of the water damage. Share details like repair costs or reconstruction fees with the insurance agents when they come to inspect your claims. Take pictures of all water-damaged items – furniture items, appliances, clothing, walls, ceilings, floors, and more.
  • Step 4: Salvage all personal belongings that aren’t too damaged by the water. Wear protective gear (heavy rubber boots, masks, long-cuff gloves, etc.) to protect yourself from waterborne bacteria while performing this task.
  • Step 5: Call the restoration experts. They’ll bring industry-grade vacuums and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.

Leave the house temporarily with your family while the restoration experts do their magic.

These professionals conduct drying and restoration drills 24/7 for at least 3-4 days.

Once their work is done, assess the damage incurred by your property’s walls, ceilings, and floors.

You may need renovations.

Mold mitigation may also be required.

Following these steps will ensure that your property experiences minimal water damage.

More importantly, it’ll ensure the safety of you & your family members.

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