Basic Tips For Successfully Cleaning Your Home After Water Damage

Posted on: 6 November 2014

One of the most common issues that people deal with in their homes is water damage, whether it be from leaky plumbing or a big rainstorm. This kind of situation can not only cause damage to your walls and floors, but it can also damage some of your possessions as well.

However, there are ways to get rid of the damage and save areas of your home and any damaged possessions. Here are some useful tips to consider when it comes to successfully cleaning your home after suffering water damage caused by a plumbing fault in your home.

TURN OFF THE WATER AND ELECTRICITY

If your home has water damage due to a plumbing issue, immediately turn off the water in order to help prevent any further damage, including any potential flooding. You also will want to turn off the electricity to any of the rooms that are affected by the water damage before you begin any cleaning or moving any of your possessions. This will eliminate any risk of you being electrocuted.

MOVE YOUR POSSESSIONS

If you have any possessions on the floor in the area affected by the water damage, pick them up and move them to a dryer area. These possessions could include important documentation, jewelry, and especially electronics. If these things are too damaged to be saved, you will have to dispose of them properly.

FILE AN INSURANCE CLAIM

Immediately contact your insurance company and inform them of the situation. Often, homeowner's insurance will cover the costs of getting rid of the water damage in your home as well as repairing or replacing any possessions that may have been lost because of the damage. However, you should be prepared for the chance that your homeowner's insurance may not cover the costs of everything, meaning you will have to pay money out-of-pocket.

One useful tip is to take photographs of any and all water damage in your home, as some homeowner's insurance providers may require photo documentation of the damage as further proof of your claims.

GETTING RID OF THE WATER YOURSELF

If the water damage is light and confined to only your floor, specifically carpeting, you can use a rug cleaning machine to suction up the water. If you take this route, be prepared to go over the affected area quite a few times in order to successfully suction all of the water up. One way to help get rid of any unusual odors and moisture from the water damage in the area is to use a humidifier, making sure that you follow the necessary settings as laid out in the owner's manual.

CONTACTING A PROFESSIONAL

If the water damage in your home is too severe for you to handle on your own, your best bet will be to contact a professional water damage restoration service, such as Servpro Of Framingham, to come to your home and perform the job, as chances are they have more advanced equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Following these useful tips and steps will help ensure that the water damage issue in your home is eliminated in a quick, yet efficient, manner.

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