Water Damage Do’s & Don’ts: Learn From The Experts

When water enters areas of your home or business places where it shouldn't, you might be left you wondering what to do next. Water removal from a structure can seem like a simple task, but it actually causes a variety of issues that many of us haven't imagined. You might think you can Google or D-I-Y any solution. But with water damage, this might become risky.

Water damage that lingers for a long period is one reason damage to your property can spread and result in further damage. For the sake of saving money, it's unwise to overlook the damages. A thorough inspection should be performed to detect every trace of water damage that might be unseen.

 It's important to take safety measures if water damage occurs in your home. Tips to follow during a water crisis include:

The Do's:

Ensure the area's safety:

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The water and electricity should be turned off, and any electric devices or appliances that might come in contact with water or create more flooding should be removed. A tarp can be used to seal up any weather-exposed areas of a home or workplace. Stabilize any potentially-collapsing furniture or remove it entirely from the structure.

Contact your insurance company:

The next step is to make contact with your insurance provider. There are several factors that might play a role in determining whether or not an insurance policy will cover the event.

Take away your belongings:

Although it may be too late to save certain objects from water damage, you should nevertheless try to remove any valuables from the property. If feasible, remove special equipment, computers, and financial records.

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The Don'ts:

Don't try to attempt the repair on your own:

It's not a good idea to try to fix the damage by yourself, whether it was caused by a natural disaster or human error. Without proper training and safety gear, you might end up becoming sick or injured from hazardous or other exposure. D-I-Y repairs could cause further damage and end up costing you more later.

Do not delay seeking help:

Waiting too long to address damage will also increase costs. With unnecessary delays, mold growth, structural issues and more can degrade the condition of your property. Don't hesitate if you think your damage might be something best left to the experts. 

For Disasters, Seek Help from First Response Restoration

Since 1991, we have provided the residents of the New York tri-state area with expert restoration services and taken the industry lead. We assist residential or commercial owners in restoring their properties to their pre-damaged conditions. Flooded basement cleanup, water heater burst cleanup, toilet overflow, and more are among the water damage services we provide. Reach out to us at 914-268-6141 at any time, and we'll be happy to assist you in restoring your home or business.