The ABC's of Water Damage

The ABC's of Water Damage
It may be April Fool's day, but water damage is no laughing matter.

These ABC's of water damage can show you how a little planning and preparation can go a long way toward preserving the health and wealth of your family and home despite the threats of flooding.

A = Always stay prepared. Experts at FEMA and other emergency preparedness organizations agree it is a good idea to always keep an emergency kit and needed supplies on hand. Not only can severe weather suddenly disrupt the normal daily routine but man-made emergencies, disease outbreak and other disasters can create shortages in food, water or even basic utilities. Keep fresh water, canned or dry food (including enough for pets) and medications on hand at all times.

B = Backups. It's not a fun topic but one of the major problems associated with flood damage is unsanitary conditions; flood waters often contain chemicals, bacteria and organic debris that may lead to disease but even worse, excessive water damage may also result in broken pipes or sewer backups. Mold and mildew can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours so time is of the essence when it comes to hiring a water extraction service. Learn how to prevent sewer back-ups and keep your family safe before and after flood season.
C = Cleanup. Should you experience water damage it is critical to get help as soon as possible. Shut down all electricity to the affected area then contact a 24-hour emergency water damage repair and restoration provider. Make a list of all needed services and try to find a company that provides everything you need with one quick call; not only will it reduce the hassle and headache of dealing with several insurance claims but it typically costs less and reduces the time required to restore your property back to its pre-flood condition. Typical water damage repairs may include water extraction, storage for non-impacted items, disposal of contaminated property and building supplies, drywall repair, wood floor repair, carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning and much more.
Also, be sure to ask whether or not the company is recognized and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration like AdvantaClean.