Water and Flood Damage Information For Your Property
Water damages requires immediate attention to minimize further losses. In case a water damage occurs in your home or property try to locate the problem. By doing so you can help prevent further damages. Examples are turning off the water line for faucet, washing machine or dishwasher. Call a plumber to report a leak for service and report the damage to your Insurance Company. Your insurance adjusters will guide you through the process and will give you advices on what to do. Then move Items in advance such as furnitures, boxes, clothes, beds, etc. to a room which is unaffected. The basic idea here is to Move and Protect your personal belongings and documents. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. “Allow molds to grow on home and or a building, materials that are soaked wet for more than 24 hours, and in “48 hours of wetness, the deadly toxic mold Stachybotrys can begin growing in the damaged areas. " This is a fact and documented by mold experts.
Water Damage Tips
*Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping the area or using a wet/dry vacuum. *Wipe as much excess water from wood furniture as you can and remove tabletop lamps and other items from the furniture.
*Turn the air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer and open the windows in the winter to release trapped for an improved indoor air quality. *Remove any artwork and paintings from the walls if affected. *Remove any area rugs from the floor and hang to dry outside or inside. *Remove wet upholstery cushions from the frame and prop them up to dry immediately. *Place plastic or aluminum foil under any furniture legs that are not plastic to prevent discoloration or bleeding. *Punch tiny holes in a sagging ceiling to relieve trapped water make sure to place something underneath the holes beforehand to collect any trapped water. *Make sure that electrical appliances are turned off while standing on wet carpets, floors or especially on wet concrete floors to prevent possible electrocution. *Report your damage to your insurance company. *Get help from a Professional for water damage restoration service.
Hazards caused by a Water Damage in your Home
Growth of Mold
Mildew or Strong Mildew Smell
Unpleasant or Bad Indoor Air Quality
Growth of other kinds of Micro-Organisms
Most Flood Damages are from natural disasters. To minimize your losses it is good to check always the area of your Property in case you need to purchase additional coverage. Ask your Insurance Company about flood insurance and if you qualify for it. It is always best to have additional coverage if your home or facility is in in a Flood Prone Area. Remember that water which comes from outside of your home mostly are not covered by your regular home insurance policy. It is always best to read and understand your policy.
In cases of severe storms or hurricanes always be prepared. Here are some Immediate Thingst that you might need .
* Handheld Radios and Batteries to listen for Warning Updates * A Good Supply of Bottled Water * Flashlights with Batteries * Cellphones Fully Charged * Jackets or Raincoats
This is a safety reminder by RJ Cleaning and Restoration
Jude Deguzman RJ Cleaning and Restoration Serving Maryland / Washington DC / Northern Virginia Water and Flood Damage Restoration Specialist