Tips for Recovering From Water Damage

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Regardless if it’s from a leaking pipe or flood, water damage can be a devastating disaster for a homeowner. It’s often hard to salvage water-damaged goods, cleaning up after the mess can be a hassle, and the immediate threat of mold developing can be ongoing for weeks at a time. By taking fast measures, you can recover from water damage easily by getting started with our tips below.

Electrical Safety First

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When facing water damage anywhere close to outlets or wires, the first concern is electrical safety. The level of precautions depends on the extent of water damage. A small leak concerning a minor area should prompt a shut off of circuit breakers that power outlets, and wiring close to the leak.

Damage in multiple rooms from pipes will need the entire circuit panel to be completely shut down. A wide-spread flood with water still present in the home will require contacting your utility company. They will need to remove the electrical meter entirely.

Stop The Water

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Damage from household plumbing can worsen by the second, if not stopped by the main water valve. It’s extremely important to locate, and turn it off. In most homes, the value is located in the basement, near where the main water supply sits.

Shut off valves locations vary in homes; it may be outside the home, or below a water meter grade. Turning off the valves require the assistance of a special long handed tool known as a water key.

Insurance

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After the chance of electrical shock has been eliminated along with the water flow, the next step is to report damage to your homeowner’s insurance. Often, homeowners insurance will warrant water damage from a burst pipe… but not a natural disaster flood.

Don’t forget to take photos of where water damage has occurred before cleaning up.

Ask for Help

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The nature of this work isn’t easy, and with the mold risk accompanying the job, most homeowners leave this work for a water damage company to assist in cleaning up. But if you’re up for the challenge, it requires being a lot of effort and being extremely thorough. Some homeowners opt to perform the work themselves if they feel comfortable enough to recover water damage on their own.

Drying Out House

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Those are just the preliminary steps to take before you begin to start with the water, but now it’s time to start drying everything out.

Use an electric pump and or a wet.dry vacuum to rid of any water. Remove damaged goods out of the home and begin to separate salvaged goods from unsalvageable. The following items considered an immediate loss: all carpet, food, electronics, and paper goods. Upholstered furniture such as sofas, rugs, and pillows can still be saved but will require speedy attention.

Allow air to assist fans in drying out your home. Fans will help blow out the damp air. In the case of water trapped in between your walls, create a hole(s) in the drywall to allow water to escape. No need to worry about damaging drywall, the damage will call for replacing it entirely.

Recovering from water damage is a lengthy process, and these few steps are just the beginning precautions for the first 24 hours.

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is the best time during the year to take care of the small things and big home repairs before the days get shorter, and colder. With the feeling of the warm breeze becoming chillier, the time has come to prepare your home for the cold winter ahead!

Even the little things make a big difference in your home

1. Make exterior repairs

Take a stroll around your property and look out for indicators of damage roof, porch, windows, and siding and foundation.

2.  Check railings, stairs and the walk/driveway for safety

If the landscape around your property is hidden beneath ice or snow, walking to and from the driveway and back can be cumbersome.

Maneuver around your home with ease by checking if your stairs are in good shape with strong railings, and that the driveway does not need any repairing.

3. Tend to trees and shrubs

If your property has an abundance amount of trees, they need to be cared for. Trimming your trees and shrubs not only improves the appearance of your landscaping, but may act as prevention or correction to a safety hazard.

If DIY is not your thing, consider hiring an arborist. The professionals can detect signs of poor health in the early stages of tree loss, and know how to and when to prune to avoid the falling leaves during winter.


4. Clean the gutters, downspouts and perform repairs

Here is the time to get your mind IN the gutters! Fallen leaves may be beautiful to look at, but eventually they will fall and clog the gutters. It is time to clean, and de-clog your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to accumulate into a pool and damage your roof and siding. Perform any repairs necessary


5. Organize the garage

As of now,tools, lawn tools, toys, bicycles, beach umbrellas, and camping equipment is taking up a good amount of space where your car could be parked. Often, most people neglect getting their car inside the garage during winter because they find it overflowing with a disorganized mess.  

There are so many great organizing systems available – shelving, and hooks that allow you to hang bikes in the ceiling – overhead garage storage units are wonderful for creating that extra space you need.

6. Inspect Your Roof

Go outside and check your roof for signs of slight damage to your roof such as; broken, cracked, or missing shingles and bare spots where the granular coating has been worn off. Don’t forget to take care of these small necessary repairs now to prevent future damage.  


7. Plant a tree

Since trees are dormant in the fall and spring, it’s softer on the root system. When choosing a place to plant, consider where so it can contribute with saving energy. If placed right, it can act as a windbreaker during the winter and supply shade during the hot summer.

8. Button up your coat

Check for air leaks near your window and doors. A home with leaks is similar to an unbuttoned coat. If caulk is missing or damaged around your windows, doors and electrical openings (cable, phone, gas etc.), be sure to seal any gaps with proper caulk.

9. Become energy efficient

Throw on your favorite cozy sweater while in the comfort of your own home to keep heating cost low.


10. General cleanup

This ties back to garage clean up, now is the perfect time to get rid of your the excess stuff around home that has been accumulated. Items such as accumulated newspaper, and leftover household cleaning supplies should be thrown out to prevent any risk of future fires. Clear up space and free of cleaning supplies around heaters, furnaces, and other heat producing appliances.