Water Damage Remediation Checklist

Water Damage ChecklistCleaning up after a flood is a stressful experience, but hiring a company to perform the water damage restoration Janesville or Rockford homes need can take the burden off your shoulders. Read on to learn about the most important steps you can take after a flood.

Call for Assistance

In many cases, flooding can result in hazards such as compromised electrical equipment and appliances. To be safe, it is best to hire a company to perform a professional inspection before attempting the cleanup process yourself. An inspection can also give you a better idea of the furniture and other items that can be salvaged after water damage.

Turn Off Your Gas and Electric

Before you reenter your home after a flood, it is important to disconnect your main electrical switch and circuits as soon as possible. Also have your gas services turned off to maximize safety. An electrician should conduct an assessment of the property to ensure that all equipment is properly dried before your electricity is turned back on. In the event of local flooding, your water supply may not be fit for consumption. Be sure to pay attention to local health department announcements regarding any water advisories that may apply to your area.

Remove the Water

Non-electric water pumps are ideal for use after a flood or a burst pipe. It is important to get the excess water out of your home as soon as possible to minimize the damage. After the water has been removed, you can begin the drying process. Large fans can be set up around the area to reduce drying time, and you should leave windows and doors open as the weather permits. The more air that is able to circulate through the home, the faster the excess moisture will dry up.

Contact Your Insurance

Filing a claim with your flood insurance company as soon as possible is the key to getting compensation for any damage done to your home. Contact your insurance adjuster as soon as any emergency issues have been dealt with so the company can begin processing your claim. Be sure to take photographs of the flooded are throughout the cleanup process so the insurance company can see the extent of the damage.

Begin the Restoration Process

While some furniture and other items may be unsalvageable after a flood, restoration services could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in replacement costs. Working with a professional water damage restoration company is the best way to maximize your chances of saving water damaged possessions. If your home has been damaged in a flood or due to a plumbing issue, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 for your free water damage restoration consultation. LDR has offered repair and restoration services to homeowners in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1991, and our technicians are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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