Water Damage in your home, now what?
Water damage is the #1 reason homeowners file a file a claim with their insurance company. Water can be very intrusive to your home very quickly. Water will always follow the path of least resistance, saturating everything in its path. It is important to know what you as a homeowner can do to help to prevent further damage from occurring.
Most of the time, water damage in a home is the result of an accident within the home and not weather related. Whether it is a burst water line connected to an appliance, a bathtub overflowing, a washing machine that is malfunctioning or any of the other mishaps that can happen in a home; the most important thing to remember is to CALL A PROFESSIONAL!
At SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties it is always our goal to put our customers worries at ease. When you make contact with our office, you will always speak to someone local that knows this business inside and out. We will ask a variety of questions including: what type of flooring you have in your home, what the square footage is, and what areas are affected. This allows our team to arrive promptly and ready to handle whatever disaster you are facing. If you are planning on filing a claim with your homeowners insurance, we can help guide you through the process and deal with your insurance adjuster directly. At SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties we are a preferred vendor for many local and national insurance companies.
After calling us at SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties use the guide below to minimize the damage to your home and belongings.
- Shut off the source of water if at all possible or contact a qualified person to stop the water.(city water department, plumber)
- If water has affected anything electrical, turn off the power to the affected area at the breaker box if it is safe to do so.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water off of wood furniture after removing table top items.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and flooring.
- Remove any paintings, documents, computers or any other materials that are valuable or sensitive and store them in an unaffected, dry area of the house.
- Hang curtains and/or draperies off of the floor.
- Take and furs and/or leather items to a separate dry space at room temperature.
- Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches or any other electrical equipment has been exposed to water.
- Leave books, magazines, newspapers or any other colored items on wet flooring and/or furniture to prevent staining.
- Leave wet Oriental rugs or any rug, on a carpeted surface to prevent staining.
- Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
- Use TVs or any other appliance while sitting in wet material.
- Enter rooms or turn on light fixtures in a room where the ceiling is wet or sagging from retained water.
- Wait to call our team. The longer you wait to call, the more secondary damage is occurring.