Water damage, no matter how much or little, can cause homeowners great distress. It is more common than a lot of people realize; water damage restoration is frequently necessary as the result of leaking pipes or appliances, stormy weather, clogged toilets, or moisture buildup in the basement. Knowing what to do in the aftermath of a water damage situation is critical in getting a home and all of the belongings inside back in good condition.
That’s why St. Augustine, FL, residents turn to SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach when they need water damage restoration. As the local area’s leading damage restoration service, the company strongly suggests following the recommendations when water has infiltrated a home:
- Turn Off Electrical Power: As soon as it is safe to do so, the power should be turned off from the outside and all electrical devices unplugged. This will prevent anyone from being electrocuted and suffering serious injury, as well as protect expensive devices from experiencing further damage.
- Hire A Professional: Professional water damage restoration is important for many reasons. The home could have sustained major structural damages from the water, making it unsafe for inexperienced homeowners to start cleaning up themselves. There are also health hazards to consider because of the potential for standing water to be full of toxins, not to mention mold and mildew growth. Trained experts will have the right water extraction equipment and protective clothing to handle these problems.
- Discard Damaged Items: Many items in a home are made of porous materials, making it almost certain the water will have contaminated them. It’s not likely they will be able to be thoroughly cleaned, so they will have to be discarded, but it’s important to dispose of them properly so as not to leave anything that’s been tainted out in the public to pollute the environment.
At the first sign of water trouble, it’s essential to call SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach at (904) 429-4457 for water damage restoration help. A full list of the company’s professional services can also be found online.