3 Essential Steps to Take When Facing Residential Water Damage

Did one of your friends or relatives have to deal with a burst pipe last winter or flooding this spring? Are you wondering if there's anything you could have done better to handle the situation? No matter where flooding comes from, the results are never pretty. Depending on how the flooding is handled, the property owners could have very expensive repair costs or the costs could be more manageable. The sooner you're able to take action, the better your results will be. Some things that you should plan on doing immediately after water damage occurs include:

Call insurance company

Some people are so flustered by the damage that they may forget to call their insurance company right away. Whether it's localized flooding or city-wide flooding, the sooner you're able to call your insurance company the faster that they'll be able to send someone out to assess the damage. When you have the right coverage on your home, your insurance company is going to cover some or all of the cost of the water damage restoration efforts. Neglecting to call them in time could mean that you'll need to pay for much of the cost on your own instead of having the insurance company pay for it all.

Remove water

Provided that it's safe to do so, you'll need to start getting rid of the water in your home as soon as possible. If you wait, the water damage restoration efforts may need to be much more extensive. For instance, if a pipe burst and flooded your basement, there may only be a few inches of water on the floor right now but the walls will start absorbing that water and allowing mold and mildew to grow. If you are able to pump out the water quickly, you may not have to do more than just replace the basement's flooring.

Call a professional

 It can be hard to tell if your water damage restoration efforts are not enough or if you're actually going overboard. Calling in damage contractors to do the work, especially when there is damage to more than one room, is going to be the best way to ensure that exactly what needs to be done gets done. A water damage restoration company will save you money in the long run by not making you have to redo things multiple times because something was overlooked or forgotten the first time around.