There are a wide variety of reasons that your home could become damaged by water. As we’ve seen in recent months, natural disasters can cause widespread flooding and damage to water systems, which can both leave homes destroyed by standing water. In addition to this, pipes could burst, appliances could malfunction, or materials could be breached by water. All of these things could cause thousands of dollars worth of water damage to your home. So to help you make the best of a bad situation, here are three ways to handle water damage at your house.
Document the Damage
Once you’ve seen the extent of the damage done to your home, Gwen Moran, a contributor to House Logic, states that the first thing you’ll want to do is document all the water damage you can see. By taking either pictures or videos of the damage done to your home, it’ll be easier for you to work with your homeowners insurance company to get reimbursed for the damage done. By showing the insurance company how much damage was done at its worst point, you’ll be able to get the maximum amount of help from your insurance coverage.
Increase Airflow Around the Damage
Whether there was only a small amount of damage or your home won’t be able to get fixed for a few days, the next thing you should try to do is dry the area of much as possible. To do this, Jason Michael White, a contributor to Angie’s List, recommends increasing the airflow around the damage. By using whatever means you have, be it ceiling fans, box fans, or oscillating fans, try to get the area as dry as you can before you begin working to fix the damage. To further air out your damp areas, open the windows in your home to try to push the moisture out using any fans you have.
Get The Help You Need
Once you’ve been able to assess the extent of the damage, you may need to call in some professionals to have you make the repairs. If there was only a small amount of damage, you can probably just dry it all out and make sure there’s no mold growing. But if your carpet or drywall has been damaged, HomeAdvisor.com recommends getting professional help to ensure you’re not just trying to cover up damage that needs to be replaced. By knowing when you ask for help, you’ll be able to address the situation so well that you hopefully won’t ever be able to tell that your home was at one time damaged by water.
If your home has recently experienced water damage, use the tips mentioned above to help you swiftly address this problem.