This past year our homes have become a safe haven for us, and it is important to make sure they stay safe. One of the most common disasters that threatens our Wichita homes is water damage. Water damage can happen at any time and from a number of different sources which is why it occurs so frequently. The biggest problem with water damage is how quickly it can spread and how quickly damages can expound. At Stover’s Restoration, we know how important it is to keep our homes clean and safe, and we want to make sure that homeowners in Wichita know how to respond if water damage does occur. Here is what you should do if you experience water damage in your home:
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Avoid any additional risks associated with water damage
If the water damage was extensive enough for you to have to evacuate your home, do not re-enter until it has been deemed safe – especially if there is any visible structural damage. Be sure that all power to your home and electrical sources has been turned off before entering a water-damaged area. Water and electricity do not mix, so be sure that you do not risk electrical shock and keep power off until the area has been cleaned and cleared.
Be aware of water contamination
Even if the water in your home looks clear, it could be contaminated by unknown elements. Avoid coming into contact with any water if at all possible. If contact cannot be avoided, be sure to wear the proper protective gear such as waders, waterproof boots, and rubber gloves. Be sure to throw out any food or drinks that have come in contact with contaminated water. Keep kids and pets out of the area to keep them from being exposed to possible contaminants.
Record all damages and damaged property
You should contact your insurance provider ASAP following any type of water damage. Whether you have insurance or not, before you remove anything that has been damaged by water, make sure that is has been fully documented. Keep lists and take pictures of everything that has been damaged by water. Before any water damage cleanup occurs, be sure to have photos of everything. This will help with coverage and proof of damage. Take detailed notes regarding all conversations with your insurance, and be diligent in keeping records of everything.
Mitigate further damage by calling a water damage cleanup company
When it comes to your home, you want peace of mind that all damage will be cleaned up correctly, and no further damage will ensue. To adequately mitigate the risk of mold and structural damage that follow initial water damage, you need to let professional water damage cleanup experts take care of your home. With 24/7 emergency response services, expertise in water extraction, and commercial-grade drying equipment, along with training and experience, our team at Stover’s is prepared to respond as quickly as possible to your water damage needs. We are open and providing services to those in need during these uncertain times, and we want to make sure your home gets the best cleanup and restoration if you experience water damage.