Water damage can happen at any time, without warning. And when it does, it is important to be prepared. Knowing what to do in the event of a burst pipe, for example, can help minimize damage and save you heartache. Water damage is a progressive issue – the longer it is left untreated, the worse the damage will become. Conversely, the quicker the cleanup, the smaller the chances of further damage, such as mold.
What to Do Following Water Damage?
If you’re able to act quickly, you can minimize damage and save your possessions.
- Turn Off the Water: If the source of water intrusion is a burst pipe, shut off the water to your home. Do you know where the main shutoff valve is? This little bit of knowledge can help save you a lot of water damage. As a comparison, consider the fact that a garden hose expels 10 gallons of water per minute. You can expect roughly the same output from a burst pipe.
- Turn Off the Power: If it is safe to do so (there is no standing water around), turn off the power to the affected area of your home.
- Call Your Insurance Company: You should immediately notify your insurance company of the situation. This will ensure that your home is treated as quickly as possible.
- Call in the Professionals: Water damage restoration is not a DIY (do-it-yourself) type of job. Water damage restoration requires a number of tools, including industrial air movers, professional grade ozone generators, and dehumidifiers, to extract moisture and properly dry affected areas. So do yourself a favor and call in a professional, like ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We are an IICRC-certified (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) company and have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination, and properly dry your home. Best of all, we are ready to help with certified licensed restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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We know that most people who experience disasters are doing so for the first time and it is our goal to guide you through every step of this potentially stressful process.
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