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DIY Flood & Water Damage Cleanup

DIY Flood & Water Damage Cleanup

When your home floods, the water damage cleanup that follows can be a frustrating and overwhelming process. Floods cause more than $2.9 billion in damages every year in the United States, with as little as one inch of water able to cause severe problems.

When your home floods, the water damage cleanup that follows can be a frustrating and overwhelming process. Floods cause more than $2.9 billion in damages every year in the United States, with as little as one inch of water able to cause severe problems. Generally, professional help is necessary to properly restore the affected area and prevent future damage from occurring, and most of the time your insurance will cover it. But with an emergency water damage restoration company it will take some time for them to get to you. What should you do until then?

The most important thing is to stop the flow of water and electricity. Turn off little valve under the sink or the main water shut-off valve, whatever it takes. After you've made sure the water has stopped, make sure electrical power is turned off to the affected area. You don't want a potentially deadly electrical shock while cleaning up the water.

Start the mop-up after taking the necessary steps to guarantee safety. If the flooding occurred upstairs, strategically place buckets, tarps or towels downstairs to soak up dripping water and protect your floors, and move furniture out of harm's way. If the flooding is severe enough to make the ceiling bubble, be prepared for it to burst or leak. Make a small incision in the bubble to allow water to drain into a well-placed bucket.

Call your insurance company immediately to report the damage and ask for recommendations of water damage restoration companies in your area, remembering that an insurance company recommendation isn't a guarantee a company is reputable. Do your homework before selecting a company, making sure to check online reviews and the BBB.

Get Air Moving. Water damage restoration companies use industrial-strength fans and wet/dry vacuums to completely dry out the affected area. If the walls, floors, hidden beams and insulation aren't dried completely, mold will grow and cause damage to your home and perhaps even to the health of your family or employees.

If the water damage in your home or business is too severe to handle on your own, call a trustworthy and experienced fire and water damage restoration professional. Willamette Restoration Services in Portland can be reached at (971) 252-3003.

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