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Steps to Take After Water Damage Disaster

February 16, 2023

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Steps to Take After Water Damage Disaster

Water damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. By taking the correct steps, you can minimize the damage and get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. If you’re ever faced with a water damage disaster, it’s critical to act quickly to minimize the damage and get your life back to normal.

Here are some steps to take after a water damage disaster.

  1. Turn off the water source: If the water damage is caused by a burst pipe or any other plumbing issue, turn off the water source immediately. This will prevent any further water from entering your property and causing additional damage.
  2. Shut off electricity: Before entering the flooded area, shut off the electricity. If you’re not sure how to do this safely, call an electrician to help you.
  3. Take safety precautions: Wear protective clothing, including gloves, boots and a mask to protect yourself from potential health hazards in the water such as bacteria or mold.
  4. Call your insurance company: Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the water damage. They will guide you through the claims process and provide you with an estimate of the damage.
  5. Document the damage: Take photos and videos of the damage for insurance purposes. Make a list of damaged items including their value and age. This will help you get the compensation you deserve.
  6. Remove standing water: Use a pump, wet vacuum or towels to remove standing water as quickly as possible. The longer the water sits the more damage it will cause.
  7. Dry out the area: Use fans, dehumidifiers and open windows to dry out the area. Remove any wet carpet or furniture to speed up the drying process, if possible.
  8. Disinfect the area: Use a disinfectant solution to clean and disinfect the affected area. This will help prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.
  9. Call a professional: Consider hiring DryFast Restoration if the damage is extensive. We have the expertise and equipment to fully restore your property and belongings.
  10. Prevent future damage: Take steps to prevent future water damage disasters. Install a sump pump, inspect your plumbing regularly and make sure your home is properly insulated to prevent frozen pipes.

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