Having ample knowledge on how to deal with water damage is necessary for any Tampa Bay resident. Dealing with water damage is a difficult experience, especially after particularly damaging typhoons or other natural disasters. What’s worse is that homeowners have to deal with the after-effects of flooding and subsequent water damage, especially the cause of many a homeowner’s nightmare: mold and mildew growth.
While water damage repairs are best left to the professionals, knowing flooding “first-aid” can also go a long way in saving your Tampa home. Below are some important points for homeowners to keep in mind when dealing with water damage:
It is precisely for times like these that home insurance coverage is such a vital thing. Homeowners will want to contact their insurance companies as soon as possible. Don’t do anything to your home until you have contacted your insurance provider.
Always remember that the longer you procrastinate and let water sit, the more substantial the damage you’ll be left to reckon with. Shut off water sources and empty out the housing interior of remaining standing water.
Turn all power sources off. This may be such a basic premise, but it can be forgotten when dealing with the aftermath of flooding. You will only serve to compound the problem of dealing with water damage if you get yourself electrocuted.
Afterwards, homeowners will want to sort through the possessions ravaged by water. Take the most valuable possessions and determine what else can be salvaged. In this regard, time is of the essence, as prolonged water exposure can damage certain household items beyond repair. While it is only natural to try to save items, saturated items such as carpets and furniture are best thrown away.
Be sure to continue airing out your house. Surfaces that feel free from wetness are not necessarily dry. They may have absorbed moisture. It is crucial to always give them ample time to dry.