Utah Water Damage Cleanup
It has happened to literally everybody. Broken pipes. Busted water heater. Clogged toilets. These are just a few examples of how one can encounter water damage in the home. However, you have to remember that this is more of a common occurrence than you may think. The best thing to remember is to keep calm because you are not alone.
The first step in the water damage cleanup process is to shut off the water source. Shutting off the source will allow you to locate the problem a lot easier without the risk of further damaging the home.
Next, you will need to call a local water damage cleanup specialists and have a technician come to your home as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the quicker technicians can begin the remediation process and prevent further damage to the home. This also helps increase your chances of having the property restored to pre-loss conditions.
It is essential to assess the safety of your home or property before re-entering or continuing to stay inside if you still have time before water damage cleanup technicians arrive. Make sure there are no obvious electrical hazards and be careful not to endanger anyone with slippery surfaces. If you have determined it is safe, and you have a camera nearby, try and take a few pictures of the water damage. These pictures will prove useful to the insurance company at the time of processing your claim. Technicians will also take photos of the damages but it is always best if the homeowner or property owner has also taken photos.
Make sure to mop up and/or wipe down all surfaces, if possible, including furniture. Doing so may save you from having to replace these items. If there is a lot of excess water if you are able, place aluminum foil underneath the feet of your furniture or tupperware bowls. This will keep water from wicking up into the legs of your furniture. If your furniture items are too heavy to lift, do not lift them. Water damage cleanup technicians will take care of it when they arrive.
Pick up loose items from around the affected area, including lamps, couch cushions, clocks, books, etc. Items with dyes and inks in them will cause staining, so remove these types of items if possible. The more items you can remove from the area before the technicians arrive the better chances they have of saving items of intrinsic and sentimental value to you. Put all wet items in a safe place to dry. If items are not removed and put out to dry in a safe place, the wet surfaces can encourage mold growth, causing a health hazard in your home or on your property.