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Recovering from Water Damage


Water damage in your home can begin from a variety of issues. No matter how it comes from, it can result in severe problems for the structure and fixtures indoors. Wooden surfaces and drywall are particularly vulnerable to mold and mildew growth after covered in water. Our professionals at Paul Davis are the ones to reach when your property experiences water damage.

Preparing for the Professionals

It can be tempting to try and fix the leak yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the work up to the experts. However, there are some ways to clean before the Paul Davis crew arrives. To save everything in your home from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.

Don’t enter your property until you know it’s safe. The hazardous blend of water and electricity makes a flooded home a risky place to enter. Turn off the main breaker before walking into your home. Even if they look safe, home appliances can pack a punch when touched by water.

Saving Items & your Home

Water is a persistent substance that can soak into every corner of your property. To prevent water damage from destroying small possessions, move them them before larger items. Level, flat areas are ideal for drying books, magazines and other paper materials. Small lamps, knickknacks and additional tabletop items should also be removed. The cleaning can begin as soon as you’ve moved newspapers, small items and other wet materials.

Fans or air conditioning circulate air around your home and begin drying the area. Wipe or mop damp areas such as shelves to make sure smaller puddles of standing water have been removed. Though you may want to try, you should never use a standard home vacuum cleaner to remove water. Incorrect use of these appliances can be hazardous to you and break the vacuum. To avoid further water damage, use wooden or cement props to raise heavy chairs off the floor.

Fabrics and carpet are typically heavy when exposed to water. The extra weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur difficult to dry. If you need to remove a carpet, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the affected area to dry properly. Depending on the amount of water damage in your home, you might not be able to salvage every item of fabric you own.

In severe flooding events, the extra water weight can affect the foundation of your property. Ceilings and floors will bend when they take on water weight, it’s best to avoid these hazards.

Why Paul Davis?

Paul Davis professionals know water damage. {And with a some assistance from you, we can start treating the flooding more quickly.} We will restore your home back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians have worked with a range of flood conditions in different types of residential and commercial properties. Additionally, Paul Davis negotiates with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.