Steps to Take After Your Home Is Damaged by Water | SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties
Water is such an incredibly powerful thing, even in the controlled sense. In our homes, we pump it through pipes and can turn it on or off with the wave of a hand. And if you have been to the ocean recently, you have seen and felt the raw and powerful nature that water holds.
While it certainly plays a critical factor in our everyday lives, when water gets into all the places it shouldn’t be, it can create utter chaos. The Cape has seen its share of flooding from the Mississippi that certainly resulted in a big mess. And a flooded basement from a busted water heater, a leaky roof from a strong storm or a flash flood seeping in through your doors and windows will also leave your home damaged and your life upside down.
There are plenty of ways that you can prepare and protect your home from water damage, but there are some disasters that no amount of preparation can stop. The good news is that you have water damage restoration experts right around the corner that are ready to take care of your home night or day.
If your home suffers any kind of water disaster, the faster you can respond, the better your outcome will be. Water can sneak into the most hidden of places in your home, so locating the source of the water and drying the surrounding area fast will be the best way to keep things in control.
Once you have located the source, you should do whatever you can to stop the flow of the water. While a natural disaster may mean just waiting for the water to stop coming, a leak from an appliance or other internal source can typically be shut off. Get to know where your water shut-off valves are, as well as where your electrical shut-offs are.
Never wade into water with live electrical wires. Turn them off at the source before moving forward with tackling the water.
As soon as it is safe to do so, the next thing you should do is call SERVPRO®. We are available 24⁄7, so the time of day will never matter. The faster you can call us, the faster we can start your restoration and the less damage your home will incur.
Once you give us a call, we will immediately start assessing your situation over the phone. While we do so, it is a good idea to snap a few pictures of your damages. We will work directly with your insurance company to ensure the smoothest recovery process for you, and these photos can help keep the timeline of everything straight.
We will dispatch a team of experts to your home with industry-leading equipment to begin the drying process. Getting the water out and drying out soft materials is the first part we will tackle. It is our goal to restore as much of your property so that you do not have to replace it. As we dry out your home and your personal belongings, we will ensure that it is completely dry, sanitized and free of odors.
Our team can handle every aspect of your restoration, no matter where the water that damaged your home came from. If an area of your home was damaged beyond basic repairs, we can tear down and rebuild that area so that your house is exactly as it should be when we are done.
If you are dealing with more than an inch of water, you should always call in the professionals at SERVPRO. Stormwater and pipe failures require different kinds of response in order to be handled thoroughly and sanitarily, and our professionals are equipped to handle it all. With our team right around the corner, you can enjoy the incredible role that water plays in our lives without worry.
Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.