When a part of your home is under water from a natural disaster or as the result of a pipe break or other calamity, take immediate action to prevent damage. The longer water sits the more damage it will cause to your home and your belongings.
Here are several steps homeowners should take following a flooding event.
Turn off Power
Water and electricity are a deadly combination. At first glance of rising waters, it’s difficult to stop the impulse to remove belongings. Before removing valuable items from the water, turn off the power. None of your belongings are worth the risk of electrocution.
Contact Your Insurer
In many, but not all cases, your insurer will cover the cost of repairs and replacement of damaged belongings. This should be one of the first calls you make.
Call a Specialist
Your insurance carrier may be able to provide you with the names and numbers of companies that specialize in water damage recovery in Atlanta. Remediation company staff may be able to offer solutions to save cherished belongings and these specialists will ensure your home dries to the point where mold isn’t a concern.
Order a Dumpster
If water has been allowed to sit in your home for any period of time, order a dumpster. You may want to do this in conjunction with your water remediation specialists. Some specialists will order the dumpster as part of the service. Furniture and carpeting that have been sitting in water for any length of time will likely need to be removed and replaced. There’s also a chance sheetrock and cabinetry will need to be tossed.
If you note mold on belongings or sprouting on walls, carpet, or other flooring, leave mold remediation to the experts. Certain types of mold can be detrimental to your health, and disturbing the mold by moving things around can kick up particles that can make you sick. A company that specializes in water damage recovery in Atlanta can help remove mold and ensure it doesn’t return following a flooding event.
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