What are the most important priorities during the water damage restoration process? After a flood, it can seem overwhelming with all the different things there are to do.
To help make the restoration process seem less intimidating, it’s helpful to focus on a few primary objectives. Here are the four primary objectives we at Restoration 1 of Winston-Salem, focus on during the cleaning and restoration process.
Do not make the mistake of haphazardly jumping into the restoration process without recognizing the potential hazards. Some of these hazards include floodwater contaminated by dangerous bacteria and microorganisms, hidden structural damage, and compromised electrical systems. You can prioritize safety by immediately contacting a professional water damage restoration company and as soon as possible after a flood. A water damage restoration company has the experience and resources necessary to restore water damage safely and help you avoid any long-term safety consequences of a flood.
One of the worst things that water damage can cause is permanent damage to your home or possessions. The main way this happens is when things are destroyed from prolonged exposure to the floodwater. There are a lot of items and materials in your home that will not survive being exposed to water for even a short period of time. Electronics, furniture, upholstery, carpet, and insulation all fall into this category. Your best bet for saving these things from permanent damage is to call a professional water damage restoration company and begin removing the floodwater as soon as possible.
The threat of mold growth is always hanging over those affected by water damage. As soon as 24-48 hours after a flood, mold can begin growing and spreading throughout a home. Removing standing water and drying out any remaining moisture is a top priority for water damage restoration professionals because failing to do so will inevitably lead to mold growth. Even after the damage has been restored, you should still be on the lookout for signs of mold. It is tough to remove all the excess moisture after a flood and even a small moisture pocket can eventually lead to a serious mold problem.
One of the scariest aspects of water damage is the threat of incurring a major financial burden from the repairs. Of course, the best thing you can do to prevent this is to invest in a high-quality insurance policy. Note that water damage policies and flood damage policies are not the same so you may need both to ensure you are covered for all water-related events. Other things you can do to reduce your costs are doing what you can to remove your valuable possessions from the floodwater and installing a sump pump so you can immediately begin pumping water out of your home after a flood.
If your home is ever devastated by a water damage disaster, we hope you find this list of priorities helpful for dealing with the aftermath. Moreover, we hope you don’t hesitate to call us at Restoration 1 of Winston-Salem, for help in the event of a flood.