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Boca Raton Water Damage Tips For Home Owners

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If you’ve just experienced a massive storm/rainfall there’s a chance you’re either experiencing water damage within your property or are about to. Acting immediately remedy the situation will allow you to save a significant amount of money as well as protect your health and home. Call a water damage professional as soon as possible in order to help you with your situation.

As you are waiting for help to come there are steps you can take in order to minimize damage. Water damage within your residency is a very serious problem. If not dealt with properly the lasting damage can be catastrophic.

Assessing the Situation

Evaluate how serious the water damage is by finding the source. When you detect water leaks its important to assess whether its a minor or major one. A minor leak would be water dripping from the rooftop and a major leak would be water flooding in from the basement. You’ll know the difference! 
The first step is to find the source of the leak such as a ruptured pipe, water heater failure, leaky roofs and so forth. Then your next course of action is to stop or reduce the flow of water (if this is possible to do safely). Try to shut down the source of your water if the problem is a leaky pipe.

Safety & Electric Hazard

Do not attempt to shut down your power if water is blocking the way. You will risk electrocution. Contact a qualified electrician for this problem. Shut down the power if you come across the opportunity to do so 100% safely. Let all appliances dry out completely.

Wear protective gear. This type of environment is ripe for bacteria and nasty mold to grow. It’s important that you have little to no exposure to these pathogens. The main reason why the property is extremely sensitive to water damage is that it’s extremely difficult to detect moisture. You can get sick quite fast. Get anything that will cover your body from head to toe. Make sure you have some kind of garment or mask that will allow you to cover your face.

Filing for Your Insurance

If you have a device that allows you to use a camera then it’s important for you take pictures of the water damage. This will allow you to claim for flood insurance if you are an owner or present evidence to the landlord if you are a tenant. Take pictures of every nook and cranny you can find. The more the better. Erring on the side of caution is a much better bet than being told that what you provided isn’t enough.

Notify your insurance company once you have completed the other steps. Establishing communication is the first step to take in order for you to file your claim.

Ventilation & Cleaning

Once you have notified your insurance company you can now begin the process of cleaning the property. Common tools to remove excess water are a mop, broom, vacuum cleaner and so forth.

Mold can quickly grow within 24-48 hours when exposed to a lot of moisture. In order to minimize the growth of mold you will be needed to discard MOST items that are wet. If you’re not willing to risk some of your possessions then remove the moisture with tissues/towels or leave it out to dry. Large bags are useful when you want to store your useful valuables.

Try to dry everything you can. Wipe excess water from any wood furniture. Remove any carpeting that you may have. If you have an air conditioner or fan and the water damage isn’t too serious you can use it to dry the place. 

Do not leave any wet clothing anywhere. It’s preferred that you hang your clothing in order to help you dry it quicker. Don’t use your vacuum to remove water. Instead, use it for cleaning debris. If the ceiling is wet do not turn on any light fixtures. Keep out of rooms where the ceilings are wet.

It’s advised that you walk slowly around your property as you may want to prevent being bitten by rats. Severe water flooding can uproot any rats that may have lived in your property. Be cautious for the presence of rats as they can and will bite you if you pose a threat to them.

Open your windows (if it’s less humid outside) to let some fresh air in.
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