Water damage is a difficult situation to discover in your home or business. Typically, a water disaster is unannounced and sometimes is not found for some time. Although long-standing water can cause devastating problems to any property, a water disaster that has just occurred can be extremely damaging as well. The damage caused by water ravishes anything it comes in contact with. But that does not mean that all is lost. With a quick call to a professional water damage cleanup crew such as Restore Rite in Idaho Falls, your home or office can be cleaned, dried, and restored quickly and you can get your property back to a safe and livable condition. While you are waiting for the professional restoration team to arrive on the scene, there are a couple of things you can do to help out.
Assess Your Safety
Your safety could be compromised if water has entered your property. If there is electricity running to your property, it needs to be turned off before anybody enters. If you do not know how to do that, wait for professionals to arrive so that they can make sure it is done correctly and safely.
The water that enters homes isn’t always safe either. Clean water from your pipes doesn’t pose much of a threat, but rainwater and flood water can be contaminated and cause serious safety concerns. Contaminated water can cause illness and even death. Stay out of any water that might be contaminated. Safety material should always be worn when dealing with a water problem.
Move Items That Are In The Line Of Fire
If you are able to get to and remove some items to save them from damage, go ahead and move them. Standing furniture on blocks so that the legs are not exposed to the water can help protect furniture. If you have boxes of materials that are getting damaged by the water, move them to an area where they can start drying. When the restoration company arrives, they will help pack up and move items out of the way to limit the amount of destruction and to better get to the affected areas to start the cleanup and drying process. Make sure to ask your restoration company how to best deal with the inventory process and documentation of damage for the insurance companies. You will want to create a list of damaged items and also document the damage by taking photographs. This could help the insurance claim process move along faster.
When water damage strikes your home or office, these tips will help minimize the damage. For a more thorough cleanup, give Restore Rite of Idaho Falls a call. Available 24/7, their team will arrive on site and assess the amount of damage. After this happens, they can create a plan of action that will help us clean and restore the property as quickly and efficiently as possible. This team believes in communication and integrity and will work with you to make sure you know what is going on at every step. (208)-782-4030