Water damage cleanup is a challenge for homeowners, whether it’s due to an old leaky faucet or flooding. It takes a lot of work and can be costly if you can’t get it repaired quickly. Here are some tips to help you get the job done right and avoid expensive mistakes.
The first step to effectively dealing with water damage clean up is to notify your insurance company immediately. Insurers cover these types of problems, so keep that in mind when calling your insurance provider. If they don’t cover this type of problem, then try to have the water removed before your insurance company does. Just because you call and it’s not covered doesn’t mean it can’t be cleaned up, but it’s a good idea to call before your home owner’s insurance provider has the water drained and replaced.
Another mistake that could cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars, is not doing water damage cleanup yourself. It’s easy to take shortcuts and end up removing more water than you actually need. If you’re dealing with old pipes, make sure you don’t cut them with the power washer, especially if you’re dealing with someone who can’t properly wash their hands. If you can, put the pipe in the dryer for a while to let the water drain out, before actually trying to remove it.
You can often deal with water damage cleanup yourself, without calling in a professional. Check with friends and neighbors about what you need to remove. Use the same method that you would use on a regular basis, but with less water pressure and a little cleaner.
Just as you wouldn’t use your washing machine with the water on in the shower, you shouldn’t use your washing machine with water damage cleanup. They can cause rust and other problems and can cost a lot of money in repairs. So don’t try to run the washer, especially if it’s plugged in.
After water damage cleanup, make sure you disconnect your hot water pipes from the gas line that supplied them. Doing this means you’ll have less water in the future. Keeping the gas off while you’re dealing with water damage can prevent further issues and save you money.
If you’re able to turn off the faucet to the house, do so. Don’t wait for water to pour all over the place and then turn it off. If you’re trying to clean up water damage, you don’t want it to take up valuable time when you’re trying to work on other parts of the house.
While the above mentioned tips may help you with water damage cleanup, there are still things you can do yourself to save some money. Use a piece of paper towel or newspaper to absorb the water. It’s better to remove some of the water than it is to try to clean up water damage that’s already there.