Speed is of the essence when your home suffers any kind of water or flood damage. Flood damage is typically caused by water coming into the home from the outside, but it can also be the result of an overflowing sink, burst pipes inside the house, or damaged water-using appliances.
Apart from flooding, there are plenty of other ways your home could be damaged by water. The roof could have a hole and leak water into your home. Pipes inside the walls can burst from old age, high pressure, or cold and damage the walls and flooring.
As Leenan Homes explains, every modern home is constantly under threat of water damage from many fronts, and it pays to be prepared for any incidents. The first step in being prepared to deal with flood and water damage is to know what to do. The second step is to do those things with speed.
In this post, we detail the procedure to restore your home if it gets hit by a flood or you suffer any kind of water damage. Take these actions to minimize the risk of physical harm, financial loss, and any of the bad things that can accompany flood or water damage.
How to restore your home after flood or water damage
The steps for dealing with water damage caused by the accidental release of water inside your home are slightly different from what you do when an overflowing water body or heavy storms cause your home to get flooded. If the water came from inside your home, here are the steps to take:
·Protect yourself, the home, and your belongings
The first course of action is to minimize the extent of damage and the risk of personal injury.
- Turn off the water supply – Shut the water supply from the control valve or if you cannot find it, shut it off from the mains.
- Turn off the power – Even if the water is water is not high enough to reach the electrical connections in the home, you would be safer if power is turned off.
- Protect your belongings – Remove items that are in the path of the water. You may prop up furniture to keep them from getting wet.
·Call your insurance company
Inform the insurance company as soon as the incident happens. If you do not have enough details to answer their questions, don’t. Take as many photos as you can (photos with timestamps are better) before, during, and after the cleanup. Document the damage to your home and Ddiy will assist you in this process.
Water damage restoration should start as soon as possible. This process will often involve
- Water removal – Depending on the extent of the incident, you may need water removal equipment to pump out standing water.
- Drying out the home – After the standing water is removed, the floors, walls, and content of the home need to be dried out. This is done with air movers and dehumidifiers.
- Restoration – The process of restoring the home may also entail removing the flooring, drywall, and insulation in the affected parts of the home.
·Look for mold
Any accident involving water will increase the risk of mold growing in the house. Starting from when the home is being dried out and even after restoration is completed, you must be on the lookout for mold.
Restoration after flood damage
The steps follow most of the ones listed above, but there are additional things you have to do if your home is flooded during a hurricane or any kind of natural disaster.
·Do not reenter the house
Your first impulse will be to enter your home to access the damage. Do not go back into the house unless it is perfectly safe to do so. You will need to have the power turned off, but if you must wade through water to get to the control, it is best to let an electrician do it.
·Call the insurance company
Make this call as soon as you can, even if you have not entered the home or you don’t have any details you can give them. It is important to start this process early.
·Start the restoration
Flood damage is usually more extensive, and you will need the services of the following specialists – drywall, HVAC, electrician, flooring. All these services are provided by DDIY, but before we can start doing the work, the water needs to be removed and the home dried out. This will often involve the following:
- Open your walls – To dry out the cavity, your drywalls have to be removed. This should be done to at least one foot above the waterline.
- Get rid of the insulation – Water-saturated batt insulation is never going to dry out completely. It must be replaced.
- Rip up the flooring – Laminate, hardwood, and tile flooring, as well as carpeting will need to be ripped up to let the subfloor dry properly.
·Clean, sanitize, and test
Every surface or item that was touched by flood water must be thoroughly cleaned; flood water is full of germs. Afterward, you need to test the air in your home for anything that could compromise air quality, including mold.
All these services are provided by DDIY