Water damage? 7 questions to ask yourself

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Have you identified the source?

If the water damage seems out of control you need a water removal specialist to bring the situation under control. However, it is smart if you can identify the source of the water leak and try to address it.

Such an act will help you to save money, time and priceless possession within your residential or commercial property. Some common causes of water damage within the both residential and commercial property are:

• Leaky/broken faucet
• Leaky refrigerator
• Flooded toilet

Look into these aspects and ensure that you move the belongings under concern to safe areas within your property.

Is the situation an emergency?

A concern like a leaky faucet in the kitchen might not be an emergency when comparing it with a situation like an overflowing bathtub which was left unattended for a night or a day. A situation like forgetting to attend to an active running bathtub overnight is definitely an emergency. This can happen to both you and your neighbor.

Under such circumstances, make it a point to contact the water restoration specialist as soon as possible.

What are the immediate steps to consider?

There are some quick steps to consider to prevent or contain further adverse effects from water damage.

• Disconnect all the electrical appliances and power supplies
• Turn of the main water supply to the property
• Document the initial scenario: take pictures and videos of the damage
• Move all the movable items to safe areas
• Expel the excess water using pumps or other household cleaning items

Try to contain the leak source: a hand towel or a water leak sealing agent in a hardware store can turn out to be a godsend.

Is this covered under my insurance?

Most of the basic homeowner’s policies cover only sudden or accidental water damage situations. Burst pipes or faulty appliance leaks are covered under such policies. Usually, these policies do not cover flood damage.

If you reside in an area vulnerable to floods, you need to do in-depth research on flood insurance policies.

Is the water damage company certified?

When contacting a water restoration company, ensure that you are dealing with certified technicians. Look for certifications like IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

Is there any stagnant water?

Always be on the lookout for stagnant or standing water after water damage. Stagnant water is undisturbed water which can stay unnoticed. A puddle of water in the lawn or crawlspaces within your house or commercial property can turn out to be a big headache.

Stagnant water can cause serious health concerns like dengue fever and malaria.

Is there a possibility of mold growth?

Water damage usually creates ideal situations for mold growth. Look for signs of mold growth, communicate this with your water removal specialist and ensure that all the possibilities are covered and addressed.

Addressing water damage to your property might sound an easy task, however, there are several sub-tasks and things to consider when it comes to pulling this task off effectively. Make use of the above-listed checklist to ensure that you handle the situation in the most effective manner.