By deciding to use water damage restoration versus clearing out the damage yourself, you’re making the smarter choice. However, while drying out your home and clearing out any contaminated items is best left to the professionals, there are a few things you can do ahead of time to make the process easier for everyone involved.
Here are some of the things worth considering.
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Knowing your coverage
All water damage is not alike, at least, not in the eyes of insurance companies. For example, your general homeowner’s insurance policy may cover something like a sudden burst pipe, but not a leak that slowly develops over time. In addition, water damage from a natural disaster like a flood generally requires an entirely separate policy. Water damage restoration professionals will work with your provider to help cover some, if not all, of their services, but you need to make sure that you’re adequately insured.
Minimizing further risk
If you know the source of the water damage and have the ability to cut off water to the offending appliance or area, make sure that you do it. There’s no need to run the risk of additional water pooling or causing further damage while you wait for the initial inspection.
Set aside time for the inspection
In general, the more thorough the professional is with their initial inspection, the better it is for you and your home. This additional effort ensures that they catch every single area that’s taken on extra moisture, and also discover the cause of the water damage if it isn’t obvious (a leak in the roof or foundation, for example).
However, depending on the size of your property, this can be a time-consuming process. As a result, make sure that you give them enough time to do their work, as well as ask any relevant questions about the inspection and restoration process.
Take note of things that strike you as sources of concern before the professionals come to your home for the inspection. Letting them know about something means they can take a look right away. For example, the mold has a very distinct, musty odor. If you enter a water-damaged home and detect the smell, make sure to bring it up when restoration services arrive.
Clear out standing water to a point
We put a major emphasis on the maybe here, as not all water is alike when it comes to water damage. In general, if you’re absolutely sure that the source of the water damage is from a sink or bathtub, and nothing else, then you can use something like a wet-dry vacuum to do a little bit of clearing up ahead of time. Anything other than that is best left to the professionals. Floodwater and similar types of water are often rife with contaminants, so you don’t want to risk becoming sick by trying to clear it out yourself.
Of course, when it comes to preparing your home for restoration after a flood, burst pipe, or other cause of severe water damage, the single most important step is choosing the right company to work with.
Total Care Restoration is a water damage restoration company that not only believes in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means we have the skills and experience to take care of all key aspects of water damage restoration, bringing your home or property back to its regular functionality and appearance.