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Recovering from Water Damage

Sometimes leaks happen, and they can cause quite a bit of damage if they aren’t taken care of quickly. Water damage can affect the structure of your home and even your health. Mold grows quickly in a damp environment and can cause respiratory issues and illness. The first step to take when you have a leak is to shut off the water and call A&W Plumbing. Once we’ve fixed the problem, the idea of cleaning up after the damage can seem daunting. Acting fast and taking it step by step are important. Here are some helpful tips for dealing with water damage in your home:

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Call your insurance company right away. It’s tempting to jump in and start cleaning, but you don’t want to do anything that might affect a possible claim. If you do have to remove something from the home, make sure you document it thoroughly with pictures.

Cut the power. Make sure you have turned off the electricity to the area before you begin working.

Dry the area thoroughly. The longer the water sits the more damage it will cause. Remove wet furniture, carpet, and belongings. Use a fan to dry out the area only if you are acting right away and mold has not started growing. Otherwise the fan will help spread the mold spores. You can also open the windows or use a dehumidifier.

Take extreme care with mold. Mold can be very dangerous and should be handled by a professional to ensure that it is safely and thoroughly removed from your home. If you do decide to remove it yourself, be sure to wear gloves and a mask.

Your flooring may not be as dry as you think. Your tile or hardwood may seem to be dry on the surface, but water may be trapped between the flooring and the subflooring. There are special machines that can remove this water, but you may have to take up the flooring to get all of it.

Remove wet drywall and insulation. These materials hold onto water and tend to mold quickly. Fortunately, they can also be replaced fairly easily.

Disinfect the area. Once you have everything dry, make sure it is also clean. Use a good disinfectant to scrub down any nonporous surfaces in the area to help prevent future growth of bacteria and mold. This is especially important if the water damage was due to sewage backup.

The best step you can take to deal with water damage is not to have it at all. Keep all of your plumbing and appliances properly maintained to help prevent leaks. Check your pipes and fittings regularly, and call your plumber for an inspection. Repair small leaks immediately before they become larger problems. If you might have a leak, call A&W Plumbing right away.