Water damage can be fatal to the structure of your house and should never be underestimated. Many people are aware that when large amounts of water are exposed to wooden floors, whether that be by a flood or constant dripping, for example, the wood becomes soft and can easily be broken apart. Also, wood can become very malleable and change shape once the wood has dried and hardened, leaving it in a state far from flat.
This year in Long beach, California, a truck crashed into a fire hydrant sending tons of water onto a bar’s roof. Water then soaked through the roof and open vents leading to immense water damage to the building’s drywall. The Mold Damage Boca Raton was so bad that the owners had to close the bar for an unspecified amount of time.
What should you do when your property is damaged by water?
- Analyze the risk – what kind of water is it? Is it too deep? Is there an electrical current running? Can you slip and fall? If you don’t think it is safe, don’t risk it.
- Turn off the electrical supply. Do not risk going near anything electrical or wet until this has been done.
- Get your home as dry as possible immediately. Open the windows and turn up that heat. Move furniture to separate location. But be careful, too much heat can be bad and have adverse consequences, such as deep cracks in wood. However, if your home is flooded, before any kind of restoration can take place you need to empty your property of water.
- Carpets. Carpets can be cleaned, but depending on the cleanliness of the water you may want to consider if you really want to keep it or not. If it is sewage water, for example, you need to get rid of that carpet as soon as possible. The same goes for furniture.
These first steps are highly recommended and can be done by anyone as long as they are cautious. However, after this point, it may be best to leave the rest of the job to professionals who can spot the real damage. If you are in the Long Beach area, you shouldn’t have to worry, there are many options available for help. Some of these companies include SERVPRO who serve northwest Long Beach, 911 Restoration and Water Damage Rescue.
Don’t underestimate water damage. Make sure you get your property checked by a professional to prevent problems in the future.