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What to Do When Your Home Has Suffered Water Damage

a leaking and water damaged ceiling

Even a small amount of water can lead to serious water damage.

A tiny leak in your roof can become a spreading water stain on your ceiling. A dripping pipe under your sink can cause your cabinetry to rot.

And that’s to say nothing of the major catastrophes we see when responding to floods, hurricanes and other Cumberland County water damage claims.

In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the steps you should take when your home sustains water damage.

Talk to your insurance company

Don’t wait to talk to your insurer. It’s important to find out what your policy covers.

Research contractors

You might need professional help when dealing with water damage. An electrician can help in cases where water reached your electrical panel or got into fixtures or appliances.

An HVAC technician can examine your heating and cooling system for damage. It’s a good idea to have them inspect your property if you think water has gotten into your ducts or heat registers.

Finally, you may need to speak with a general contractor who has experience restoring water-damaged homes. Ask for references; not every contractor will have the experience you need when dealing with Cumberland County Water Damage.

Safety issues

Even though the disaster may have passed, you should still exercise caution in the aftermath of a flood or major storm.

Shut off the power to your home if you can, unless doing so will require you to stand in wet areas. If that’s the case, wait until you’ve consulted with an electrician. Wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and gloves upon re-entering your home.

If any of your kitchenware – plates, glasses, flatware – were caught in the flood, make sure you wash them before using them again.

Water removal

If you’re only dealing with a small amount of water, you may be able to carry out your clean-up with a wet vacuum. More serious flooding will likely require you to rent a water pump.

If your basement is flooded, take care not to remove all the water at once, as the sudden loss of pressure can cause the walls to cave in and the floors to buckle. Instead, try to pump out one third of the water a day.

Dry and disinfect

Mold works fast, so you’ll need to work faster to dry out your home. Fans are useful, but if water damage has spread throughout the home you might want to rent a large dehumidifier and run it nonstop to dry things out.

Mold mitigation can turn into a major project, which is why you might end up working with a general contractor. Moisture in your walls might require you to replace drywall and insulation to prevent mold, mildew and rot.

Also, we mentioned kitchen suppliers earlier, but anything that came in contact with flood water should be disinfected. If the flood water contained sewage or other hazardous materials, any porous materials will need to be thrown away.

Thorough drying and disinfecting – done as soon as possible – are essential for curbing mold growth.

Speak with a public adjuster

If you have experienced any sort of water damage, a licensed public adjuster from Interstate Public Adjusters can help you recover the full value of your home and belongings.

No matter the extent of your Cumberland County water damage, we can examine your property and help you value your claim accurately.

Your insurance company hires professional adjusters to protect their interests. In the wake of a catastrophe, you deserve to have someone looking out for you. Contact us today to learn more.

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