Five Steps To Begin Water Damage Cleanup
Spring cleaning takes a different meaning in Laurel, Montana. Yes, the sun is shining, but with rising temperatures come rising river levels and water tables, which means more flooding. Flash floods can happen in a blink of an eye, and before you know it, your basement or commercial building is submerged with water.
Although these steps will get the job started, they do not guarantee safe and efficient flood damage cleanup. Call professionals as soon as you notice any problems.
Five Steps To Prepare For Water Damage Cleanup
- Cut the Power
Turn off all electricity and power until a technician arrives. If you cannot determine where the source of water is, call an expert immediately and they will inspect and find the damage for you.
Fortunately, there’s no need to panic—just call the experts. Most water damage restoration companies offer 24/7 emergency services. So even if a water disaster happens in the middle of the night, don’t hesitate to call. Be sure to bring up any details about the situation that might affect the cleanup process (such as black water in your property from a sewer flooding).
Did you know?
Faithful Disaster Restoration offers 24/7 service for residential homes and commercial businesses in Laurel and its surrounding areas. They arrive on site, extract all water, dry your property’s structure, and remove mold and mildew—all handled by IICRC-certified technicians.
- Move Furniture and Belongings Outside
Before specialists arrive, move any furniture, curtains, and rugs outside (if weather permits), and leave out to dry. If it is raining outside, place items on the higher ground or in another room. Any other personal belongings should be accounted for and moved to safety.
- Eliminate Water
Timing is crucial to protect your property from further calamities. The longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause—physically and financially.
Always wear gloves and protective gear and make sure your children or pets stay away from the affected area in case flood water is contaminated.
Once the situation is safe, open any windows and doors for air circulation and to allow moisture to escape. Use a water pump or dehumidifier to eliminate moisture until help comes.
Faithful Disaster Restoration has high-tech equipment to extract water and dry your property’s structure before further damage occurs. In a short amount of time, water damage cleanup crews will also remove mold and restore your home or business to pre-loss condition.
- Inspect Structural Damage
Before a specialist arrives, you can inspect any damage such as severe wood rot, distortion of walls and floor panels, or erosion of your property’s foundation. Take pictures and document your concerns.
Who Should I Call?
Once you’ve ensured the safety of your family or employees and relocated to a disaster recovery center (if that’s necessary), call a restoration crew immediately. The longer your property is exposed to flood water, the more extensive (and expensive) the damage will be.
Properties in Laurel, Billings, and East Yellowstone can call Faithful Disaster Restoration for any water damage repairs or questions.