There is nothing more frustrating than discovering water damage in your Denver house, whether you’re the owner or a renter. Buying a house can be stressful in and of itself, but finding out there is water damage makes the process even more stressful. In this article, I will tell you how to handle Denver water damage that is in your home and what you should do.
Obviously if it’s bad enough, you can hire a 24-7 Denver water damage company to help you with the mess!
You should shut off the electricity and water to your house as soon as you notice water damage. Thus, no one will be electrocuted, and the water being turned off will prevent any damage. The best thing to do is to avoid being around the house if the damage is caused by flooding. Being around where there is flooding could be very dangerous, and waiting it out will be beneficial to you and your loved ones.
If your property has water damage, you should contact your insurance company immediately. Your insurance company will send an adjuster to your home to assess the damage the water has done and determine if your policy covers it all or some of it. You can help the adjuster assess the damage to your home by taking pictures of the damage and your items that were damaged by water. Having contacted your insurance company, taken photos of the damage, and had the adjuster come out to assess it, it’s now time to start removing water if it’s flooded or to dry everything out to see what the real damage is. All damaged items will need to be taken care of. If the drywall, carpet, flooring, and ceiling are damaged, until that is removed, you cannot dry anything up.
Looking for mildew and mold is very dangerous and will need to be taken care of. If you find mold, there could be a water leak somewhere, and it will have to be taken care of. Some molds can be very dangerous to humans. Having mold removed from your home should be handled by a professional and shouldn’t be dealt with on your own.
Once the mold is taken care of, the clean-up process starts. Start by disinfecting the area that was affected by bleach. Bleach is the cleaning product in case there are any mold spores lingering around in any other areas that you cannot see. After the clean-up is finished, drying out everything is next on the list of things that will need to be done. You can have a professional do it, or you can do it yourself with a dehumidifier. It is best to get to work on everything within 24 hours after you have noticed water damage. If there is water damage that is on the ceiling, start here first with the repair. If the ceiling is sagging in places, it could be dangerous for anything around the area. The next area that needs to be replaced would be the wood flooring. You can see if a floor has damage just by looking at if there are any warps in the floor, or if there are any areas that have weak spots. Water damage can be very expensive to repair.
In many cases, insurance companies will not pay for the total amount of damage. Getting a little spot of damage fixed before it becomes a bigger problem will be beneficial in the long run. Although you can fix the same issues yourself, if the problem is more complex, then it will require the assistance of a professional. When in doubt, always call on the professionals for help. It may be costly, but the work could also be very dangerous.