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How to Restore Your Family Home After Water Damage

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Flooding can occur without warning, and even with proper warning, if a large flood is imminent, you might have very little time to grab a couple belongings before you need to evacuate.

Even if a warning is given to you with time to prepare your home, water damage can still occur, regardless of preparation made to the home to stop water entry. Sometimes it's not even a flood; sometimes old pipes burst, or a roof leaks, and your left with a damp home and no one to turn to.

It's easy enough to call a contractor for a small leak, but with serious damage it's important to be informed on what you should do if your home has been waterlogged. Here’s a list of important things to think about and do if you find yourself in a damp house after a flood or similar situation!

Be Safe!
Regardless of if your home has suffered from a small pipe leak, or severe damage from a flood, it's important to not do any damage to yourself when trying to see what went wrong or how bad the damage is. Wading through water to try and find where it is coming from may seem like a good idea, but without proper protection, even a small open cut could get a serious infection.

It's also important to watch out for any waterlogged wood. If any of the wood in the house was already structurally compromised, then exploring a house that has dried after a flood might still be unsafe! Even if the house if fairly new, depending on the severity of the flood, and how long the house has been left to dry, rot could have set into the wood and already started to eat away at it.

Find the Right Contactor
Finding the right contractor to fix your home isn't always easy, but with the internet, finding contractors that have good reviews and reliable websites has become a simple task. The highest quality of these companies can be picked out by simply looking at their website to see how responsive they are to customers. Sites that have live chats, or easy to find contact info like AllDryUSA, are good places to start.

It's also important to make sure you check reviews to see if other customers have had good experiences with a contactor. Obviously, it's important to form your own opinion, but make sure to be informed on all your options and to check reviews and ratings.

Try to Dry Everything Off
Drying off important belonging usually comes first, but after that, you should look into getting the interior of the house dry as soon as possible so that any work that needs to be done on it is easy, and not blocked by water.

Some ways you can get rid of water is to pump it out, then use a wet vac to pick up any leftover puddles. After that, though you might not see any water left, both furniture and the walls can still be moist, so getting a dehumidifier or other means of circulating air to dry everything can be the best way to dry an area quickly. Of course, most people don't just have that sort of equipment on hand, but generally they are easily rented, or it can be done by a contracting company.

Watch Out for Other Issues
After you’ve dried everything off, it can seem like the bulk of the work is done, but after water damage has occurred it can be the cause of many more problems. Unseen damp areas can be an easy target for mold, and the interior of your home can easily develop insect issues if not properly treated. Even if everything looks fine, it can be smart to have a professional check your home after you've finished drying it, just in case there are any unseen issues.

Whether it's a small pipe flood or a huge natural disaster, it's important to take the proper steps in restoring a home, and to remain safe and healthy while doing so!

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