The Dos and Don’ts of Water Damage

Water Damage Pitt County, Water Damage Restoration Pitt CountyFor many, water damage is an unknown topic. Many of us just cross our fingers and hope we won’t find ourselves in the midst of damaged property from water leaks or flooding. Pitt County water damage restoration specialists recommend brushing up on the following do’s and don’ts to be well-prepared in the event of a water damage emergency.

DO:

  1. Air out the Home Quickly

Depending on the location and extent of damage, this may involve opening cabinet doors, laying out luggage to dry, or cracking windows. Although nothing can replace professional-grade drying machines, this step can help to prevent mold growth and speed up the drying process.

  1. Secure Valuables

Move valuable paintings, photos, and critical documents well out of the way of damage. This may be one of the more important tips. The internal structure of a home is often repairable, but damage to your personal items is permanent. If you sense water damage in a certain area of your home, take this precautionary step to ensure the protection of your valuables.

  1. Wipe down furniture to remove water droplets.

A soft cloth will do the job for this one. Standing water can seep into the material of furniture and be difficult to clean in the future.

  1. Take picture of the damage to aid in the process of filing a claim with your insurance company.

Whether you’re using these pictures to file a claim or make a social media post, it’s a good idea to snap some quick shots of the damage.

  1. Turn off electricity to the affected area.

Better to be safe than sorry. Even if the damage is minimal, it’s never a bad idea to cut electricity to that corner of the house. If you have questions about when to turn off electricity, call ACC Restoration in Pitt County.

DON’T:

  1. Use your vacuum to suck up excess water.

Since vacuums aren’t designed for this use, it will only compound the problem. You’ll be left with a wet floor and a broken vacuum.

  1. Use any electrical appliances while near the affected area. Our professionals are trained to use drying-aids in the cleanup process, but you can never be too careful when it comes to electricity.
  2. Lift carpet without professional help.

This is a complex process and often times results in further damage if done DIY-style.  YouTube videos and DIY sites may suggest otherwise, but there are often more problems under the surface than what you can see. It may be a bigger project than you anticipated.

  1. Enter any room with standing water.

There are three types of water damage: Category 1 is low-risk water from a sanitary source. Category 2 is nicknamed “gray water” and contains potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms. Category 3 is referred to as “black water” and typically originates from sewer damage, outside flood water, and other heavily contaminated locations. Distinguishing between these categories will often determine the water damage restoration steps. However, before knowing which type of water you’re dealing with, how much damage has occurred, and what has been affected, it’s unsafe to enter rooms with standing water. This one’s a job for experts in the field.

  1. Wait to call professionals for help.

Relatively minor problems can snowball into large-scale restoration projects. It’s never a bad idea to call ACC Restoration in Pitt County for help. Whether the damage is a warped floor from a neglected spill or a basement flood, we’re here to help!

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