If you have water damage in your home, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out where to start. It is a good idea to already know who you would call if you needed water damage restoration services, because quick action is key to reducing the damage in this type of situation. The longer excess water sits in or around your home, the more damage it will do and the more likelihood there is that you will have problems with mold overgrowth as well. Mold can take hold in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
As soon as you discover water damage, call your insurance. This is especially important if you are experiencing water damage as part of a large event like a hurricane or flood because you will want to get an adjuster to your home faster. Do not enter your home if you are not sure it is safe to do so. Water can cause structural damage; your floor may be unsafe, and the combination of water and electricity can be very dangerous.
Before your water damage restoration can begin, you will need to clear your home, at least the parts that are affected by the water damage. Separate items into things that cannot be salvaged (often things like upholstered furniture and carpets and carpet padding) and items you think can be saved. Do not dispose of anything until the adjuster is able to record and document items that were lost. The drying process must be completed before water damage restoration can begin. First, standing water must be removed via pumping or other means. Fans and large dryers can be used to speed the process. Removing wet sections of drywall and baseboards will also be necessary before the restoration can be completed.