Charlotte NC Water Damage Tips

From broken appliances to broken pipes, water damage changes in source and scale. Wherever it begins, it can result in serious harm to the foundation and fixtures indoors. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are especially vulnerable to mold and mildew growth if neglected after water damage. If your property experiences water damage, contact the specialists at Paul Davis of Charlotte.

Preparing for the Professionals

There are different measures you can take before Paul Davis restoration professionals come to help. To salvage everything in your home from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.

The first step to take is to assess the any hazards in your property. It’s no secret that water and electricity are a hazardous combo, so search for electrical hazards nearby before you begin cleanup. Even if it looks undamaged, avoid using objects like TVs, toasters or other household appliances. To avoid accidents, power off all breakers and circuits around your property to avoid electrocution.

Salvaging Items & your Home

A serious flood in your home can leave all your possessions damaged. Relocate all your smaller items to prevent more water damage. Level, flat surfaces are ideal for airing out books, magazines and other paper materials. Do not forget light fixtures and other shelf pieces either. The real work begins once you’ve relocated newspapers and other small items.

To begin the drying process, try using air conditioning or fans in your house to channel air throughout the area. Dry all smaller puddles and standing water with a wet mop or towels. Though you may want to try, you should never use a regular home vacuum cleaner to clean water. Improper use of these tools can be harmful to you and break the vacuum. When you’re ready to move furniture, stack seating like heavy chairs and sofas onto wooden or cement blocks to elevate them above the wet areas.

Carpet and fabrics are typically heavy when soaked. All that additional weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur difficult to move. If you must move a large fabric item, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry correctly. Things like these may not be easily salvaged.

Water treats your property’s’ structure the same way it affects carpets and rugs. Floors and ceilings might warp when they take on water weight, be sure to avoid these hazards.

Why Paul Davis?

Paul Davis technicians know water damage. They can treat your home more effectively with a little prep work from you. We can get your property back to normal safely and quickly. Our specialists are experienced and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in a range of home and commercial properties. Furthermore, Paul Davis negotiates with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can get life back to normal.