When water damage harms your home or other kind of building, it’s important to get a water damage restoration company to come in. We know that’s not always the first thing you want to do. Often, people would like to solve their problems themselves, without having to bring in the pros. However, that can lead to even worse consequences for your building or even person. In this blog, we’ll go over why you should call in our team at USA Restoration. We’ll also touch on some productive things you can do to help that you certainly don’t have to do.
The Costs of handling it yourself
While we get the appeal of dealing with your own water damage problem, it is just that: a problem. When something happens to our home or place of business, it’s natural to feel like you should do something about it. After all: it’s your place. You have the right to handle it as you see fit. So, we get the very human impulse to want to fix your place on your own. However, that can often make things much worse without making them better.
If something went wrong with your car, you’d call AAA or a mechanic. If something went bad with your air conditioner, you’d bring in professionals. The same should go for water damage. This is highly specialized work that should be done by professionals. If nothing else, the sheer amount of technology and machines that we have sets us apart. Even if you have all the pumps, respirators, protective clothing, boots, sponges and more, (and you probably don’t) you will also lack our expertise.
At USA Restoration, we have a trained staff that works with these machines daily. Before that, they practice with them again and again until they get it right. So, when they have to use them at your home or place of business, they know what they’re doing. Once our technicians are truly up to speed on a piece of technology, only then do we let them use it out in the field. This ensures that you’re getting the best help imaginable.
Be Careful with Water Damage
Many of our clients find it hard to believe water damage is occurring as it occurs. When water comes pouring in from outside, or when water rises out of your basement, it can feel like something you’re seeing in a movie, not something that’s happening in real life. You want to be as careful as possible. Due to the nature of the water damage, the situation could be very dangerous. As with most things, some of this can be covered by common sense, but “better safe than sorry” is a cliché for a reason: it’s true.
You always have to be so careful with electricity. Make sure that the electricity is turned off before you go into a room with standing water. That’s when people get bad shocks or worse. If you have any doubt as to whether the electricity was shut off or not, don’t go into the water. It’s always worth being careful. By that same token, should the carpet or flooring be wet, don’t use any electrical appliances. You might be asking “how do I know if it’s wet?” A good rule of thumb: any sign of dampness whatsoever. Even if it seems a little damp. Being careful is just good policy.
“Standing water” may sound a bit confusing at first, but all it means is that “water that doesn’t move or flow.” This refers to water that’s just, well, standing still. You may also think of it as “pooling.” If water’s just in one place, and not flowing or moving, then you want to avoid it. “Standing water” is also sometimes referred to as “stagnant water.” No matter what you call it, it can be a potentially dangerous situation. After all, this water is known as an incubator for parasites, bacteria and worse.
In fact, this is one of the main reasons that you want to call our pros at USA Restoration as quickly as possible. Bacteria doesn’t take nine months to grow. It can do so quite quickly. It can especially grow quickly in water that’s just sitting in one place. The best thing you can do when the water damage is bad is to call USA Restoration as quickly as possible. We can be there in a very brief period of time, so as to stem the water damage and then begin actively restoring your home to how you want it.
Smart about Cleaning
When water damage strikes, one of our first impulses is to save as much as possible. You didn’t plan on water damage, and you want to protect your possessions. That’s only natural. You also want your home to dry out and be returned to its pre loss state. That’s where we come in at USA Restoration. We can help get your home back to how you want it to look when water damage strikes. However, there are some ways that you can help to make your home situation a little bit better, and some ways that you want to avoid.
Most of use our vacuum when something’s wrong with the floor. Stains, debris, crumbs and more – the vacuum can make all of your carpets look better. This is especially true with all of the high powered modern day vacuums. However, you don’t want to use them to remove water from your home. The reason (as you might have guessed) is related to what you read earlier in this blog: electricity. Don’t get out your vacuum to dry up.
That being said, if you can do it safely (without getting into the standing water, or having anything to do with electricity), you can mop and blot up water. Obviously, this probably isn’t going to work if you’re up to your ankles (or higher) in water, but it can help with water damage. What you can do with those carpets and even wet rugs is to move them. Feel free to pick them up and move them provided they aren’t permanently attached. If they have been permanent attached, if they are wall to wall or something like that, leave them to be. When the carpet’s tacked down, it’s better to wait for the professionals at USA Restoration. To be clear, that’s best for both you and the carpet itself.
USA Restoration Water Damage Restoration Professionals
Our USA Restoration experts can be there at any time, day or night, to help you when water damage hits. We know that sometimes water damage strikes very early in the morning or very late at night. That’s why we’re available 24 7 365 to help you with any water damage problems you might run into. Water damage is one of those things: there’s no way to be truly prepared for it. Whether it’s something that builds up from the weather outside or the result of an appliance or pipe problem, water damage can ruin a home or other kind of building in a hurry.
So, to make sure that doesn’t happen to you, that’s why we work quickly. When you call us, we’ll go out to the site fast. Then, we’ll examine everything, quickly ascertaining what the problem is. From there, we’ll tell you in detail the quickest way to fix it. We can work with your insurance company to make sure that you pay for as little as possible. The longer you wait to deal with water damage, the worse the consequences could be. That’s why we always recommend that as soon as water damage becomes a concern, you should call USA Restoration as quickly as possible. At any time, day or night, we can be of service when you call (800) 805-0541.