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Water Damage Cleanup Steps After a Flood

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There are various reasons why a home may incur water damage cleanup: burst pipes, environmental damage caused by storms, sewage, or even condensation buildup behind the walls. Regardless, it’s a homeowner’s nightmare to wake up or return from work to find a flooded house. This is when it’s critical to contact your homeowner’s insurance company and schedule with a restoration company to begin the water damage cleanup process.


Before the Team Arrives


Firstly, it’s important to assess the situation in your home. If the flooding is caused by a sewage buildup, understand that the situation is very dangerous because of pathogens present in the home.  Do not attempt to enter the premises yourself until the water restoration company arrives.


Otherwise, you must find the source of the leak. The best bet is to shut off your home’s main water supply. This is why it’s important for homeowners to be familiar with all important utility access points in the house; however, if you cannot find it, then it may be time to make an emergency call to a plumber. In addition, depending on the severity of the flooding, it may be wise to also shut off your home’s power to avoid electrical risks.


Time is of the Essence


The longer the water sits in the home, the greater the water damage in a home will become. It’s important that the water restoration team arrives promptly for an inspection. In the meantime, assess the damage.  If the flooding is mild and there is no electrical, sewage, or structural damage risk present enter the property. Begin salvaging important documents.


How the Water Damage Cleanup Restoration Services Will Help


Next, the water damage cleanup steps can begin. Usually the first step is to inspect the premises, using special tools and instruments to survey the home’s moisture content. This will determine the types of equipment that will be used next. Dehumidifiers are especially important in the prevention of mold. Professionals can also advise you on what other steps you can perform in the meantime to further rescue valuables and reduce damage.


Draining the Water and Drying the House


The water damage cleanup will begin as the contractors vacuum any standing water present. After the water has been drained from the home, contractors will begin a drying process. This is performed using air movers positioned throughout the house, adjusting the circulation. Most importantly, concentrating air flow where necessary on the most affected parts of the house. Further steps may be done to enhance the drying process, including removal of floorboards or drywall. Soaking mats may be used in the event of water soakage in hardwood floors.


Inspection of Results


The water removal and drying process leads up to the analysis of the entire situation.  The cause of the flooding may determine the amount of reconstruction required. In some cases, floods caused by sewage can destroy entire sections of a house. Overflowing appliances or tubs can cause damage requiring repairs.

Finding a Trusted Contractor


Our expert level construction knowledge keeps LBR Construction Services LLC a cornerstone for restoration services in Chicago. We’d love to work with you and help you restore your house—and your life—back to how it was. You can give us a call 630-534-3032 to learn more.