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Expert outlines the five steps to restoring your property after water damage.

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Are you faced with flooding or any type of water damage? Here are the steps to effective water damage restoration.

Homeowners and businesses all over the world are faced with the challenge of water damage. Water damage of any magnitude, whether from a large flood or a small pipe leak, can seriously damage your property's foundation and your way of life if it is not dealt with immediately.

The water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. have years of experience handling water damage and helping homeowners and businesses in Grapevine, TX, quickly return to their homes after water or fire damage.

They’ve outlined these five steps to effectively restore your property after water damage.

1. Stop the water flow

When faced with a water damage situation, the first thing to do is find the source and stop the water flow. It will be useless to start the restoration process when the water is still flowing. If it’s a pipe burst, find the water main and turn it off.

If you don't know where your water shutoff valves are, try to find them because most household water damage is caused by water heater or water line leaks.

Ensure you first turn off the electricity in the building before going in to find the water source.

2. Safeguard your valuable items

Move unaffected and water-soaked belongings away from the flooded areas of your home to prevent further damage. If you have expensive furniture, quickly remove it from the area to prevent further decay and mold development. Remove pricey electronics and any other expensive or irreplaceable belongingsfrom the affected areas that the water could damage.

3. Document damages for insurance claim

Getting insurance claims is an essential part of any water damage restoration process. Many people have flood insurance, which may even be mandated by law in certain places. If you have this kind of insurance coverage, you must document the damages for your insurance claim.

Ensure to take pictures of all damage before you start the water damage repair process in a flooded home. The images will help determine your claim as a water damage situation needs to be taken care of immediately.

Ask your homeowner's insurance provider if you aren’t sure whether your policy covers water damage. Retain whatever damaged items you can as proof of the loss, especially if they are expensive.

4. Start the water restoration process

The water damage restoration process starts with extracting any standing water. This should be done within minutes to hours after it's safe to go into the house and the water source has been turned off. Remove damp items and take them outside so you can clear out all the water.

This is best left to professional water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO® of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. However, if you do it yourself, wear appropriate safety gear like hanging gloves and water-resistant boots.

Once you’ve cleared the water, the next step is to dry and dehumidify the affected areas before restoring your properties.

5. Speak with water damage restoration professionals

It’s never advisable to try to restore water damage on your own. Only qualified experts can access the specialized tools and knowledge needed to safely and effectively tackle water damage. Inadequate restoration will eventually result in the growth of mold and rot, raising the cost of future repairs. 

Work with SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. offers quick and effective water damage restoration services to residents and businesses in Grapevine, TX. Their team of IICRC-certified technicians is available around-the-clock to offer emergency water mitigation and water damage restoration services to stop further damage and restore your property.

They employ the most up-to-date tools and methods to guarantee a highly efficient restoration process.

The water restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. are waiting to hear from you. 

Call them at (817) 595-2506 to learn how they can help you.

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