Most would say water is the natural remedy. At Sams Carpet, we know that water can also be a natural disaster. Floods are unpredictable, and in addition to causing property damage, they can really take a toll on your emotions. When water enters your home or business, it’s imperative that you take quick action to avoid health and safety hazards. Here’s what you should do if you experience flooding and water damage in your home or business:
- Call a Professional as quickly as possible
We have the equipment and expertise to dry out the structure, can assess the damage done, and will determine whether materials can be saved or need to be removed. A professional can also assess whether there is mold or contaminants that would need to be removed. We offer a 24 hour restoration services. Our technicians have extensive experience, IICRC certification, and are formally trained to protect your home and furnishings. The sooner you call us, the sooner the water is removed and mitigation techniques are employed to prevent further damage and return your property to its pre-loss condition.
- Disconnect Power, Remove Electronics and Furniture
Electricity and water don’t mix. Be sure that your home or business power supply is disconnected even if the power company has turned off electricity in your area. The electricity must be turned off at the main beaker box, but If you have to step in or through water to get to your electric box, don’t do it! You need a professional, so call an electrician.
- Dry out the affected area
We will extract the water with a powerful truck-mounted extraction system. This is an extremely vital first step in the drying process to help prevent further damage. If the structure is not properly dried out, there is a higher likelihood that mold will form (and who wants that?)
When the materials in your home or business have dried, we will apply a Microban Disinfectant to protect against germs and odor and kill allergy and disease causing germs, bacteria, mold and mildew. Basically, fight off all the gross crud that you don’t want in your home.
Before you start to repair or rebuild, consider some waterproofing measures that can be easily worked in during the rebuilding process. Mount high shelves for storing valuable items if you don’t have the option of moving them from the ground. This same method can be applied to other household appliances including entertainment equipment and electrical sockets. Replace wooden floors and carpets with ceramic tiles or concrete. Rugs are also a good alternate for carpets, which are easy to move away. This time don’t just build it back, build it better.
Before you start doing anything, call your insurance company, inform them of your plans, and take pictures of the damage. We have exceptional relationships with insurance companies and we would be happy to guide you through the claims process or answer any questions you might have. At Sams, we are insured with an emphasis in Liability and Mold for your protection. If your insurance policy excludes your water damage restoration, we will provide you with a competitive proposal. Some things aren’t worth repairing and may call for a recovery plan.
I know we don’t want to think about water damage in our home or business, but be prepared! If disaster strikes, you know who to call. We will be happy to get your property and items back to their previous condition or better, while giving you peace of mind.