Water damage is one of the most common reasons for insurance claims. A burst pipe, sump pump failure, a leaky appliance, or a flooded basement, these are just a few ways to property owners have realized how quickly water can ruin your home or business.
Water damage to your home or property is often hidden behind walls and cabinets, under carpets, and in various other unseen areas. If these places do not receive proper water damage repair, your structure could suffer not only water damage but also a mold infestation later. Water’s destructive tendencies create the need for water damage repair quickly and correctly.
The remediation process on water damage should begin within 24-48 hours; when water invades a structure, time is of the essence. The sooner the drying process begins the easier the water remediation process. Following this time frame and using proper cleaning and drying techniques will also protect your home or property from mold growth.
Allphase Restoration and Construction offers Flood Water Damage Restoration and Repair Columbus, OH. Our Complete Water Restoration Services Include:
- 24 Hour Emergency Response Service, within 60 minutes guaranteed
- Water Extraction and Cleanup
- Complete Structural Drying and Cleaning
- Flooded Basement Cleanup
- Damage Assessments and Free Estimates
- Water Removal
- Flood Damage Clean Up
- Water Clean Up
- Sewage Damage Clean Up
- Water Damage Repair
- Restoration of Fine Upholstered Goods and Woven Rugs
- Carpet Drying and Cleaning
- Complete Documentation Package
Preventing Further Damage / Do’s and Don’ts
Water Damage Do’s
- Do call Allphase Restoration and Construction for immediate help and to mitigate any further water or mold damages.
- Do remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting with clean towels.
- Do turn on air conditioning for maximum drying in summer, in winter – open windows to aid in drying out your home .
- Do use dehumidifiers if available. Use fans to circulate air and assist drying if the damage just happened.
- Do remove rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
- Do lift draperies off carpet, loop through a plastic (not wire) coat hanger and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Do open drawers and cabinet doors for complete drying.
- Do punch small holes in sagging water damaged ceilings to relieve trapped water (don’t forget to place a bucket underneath).
- Do wipe water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Do move photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location. Open suitcases and luggage to dry, in sunlight if possible.
- Do remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Do remove damp books from shelves; spread out to dry or freeze them. If damage occurs during a cool season, leave heat on 70 °F; if damage occurs in summer, use an air conditioner if available.
- Do remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions (check for possible bleeding).
- Do place aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Do remove all contents possible from the affected area(s) to speed up drying time.
- Do dry wet contents in a timely fashion.
Water Damage Don’ts
- Don’t leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
- Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don’t use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where water damaged ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Don’t go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on.
- Don’t go into flooded basements with standing water or raw sewage.
- Don’t lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Lifting the carpets incorrectly could promote shrinkage or backing deterioration.
8 Steps – If You Have Water In Your Home
1: Stop the Source.
Turn off main valve to the whole house if need be. Don’t know where or how? Now is the time to learn. Ask a spouse, plumber, the handyman neighbor, whoever. It will save you a lot of grief later. Even a few minutes saved may make gallons of water difference and subsequently cut down on the time it takes to clean the water up.
2: Check the SAFETY.
Turn off any breakers to the affected rooms and unplug any electrical appliances until you know for certain they are safe. Watch your step as mud and water can be slippery. Rescue the most valuable items, sentimental things first. In this situation, time is of the essence.
3: Protect Your Home From Further Damage.
Depending on whether you are dealing with water damage from a storm or water damage from a flood, cover holes in roof or move damageable items to higher ground, if not possible to move large furniture, set up on wood blocks or styrofoam, as rust and furniture marks are the hardest to remove from carpet.
4: Evaluate the Situation.
How much water got in the house? You can probably handle small to medium amounts of “clean water” (rain or tap water) on hard surfaces and floors.
5: Call Your Insurance.
Call your insurance agent if the water damage is beyond your scope.
6: Remove the Water/ Get Professional Help.
If you can, sweep out, mop and/or vacuum as much water as possible, and wash and dry any fabrics that you can. Get as many fans as you can to start air movement. Air movement is as important as temperature for drying purposes. Dehumidifiers can lower the room humidity and thus cause the surfaces to dry faster. If the carpets have gotten wet, it is prudent to call a professional water damage restoration company immediately, since water can run underneath the surface and cause water damage problems later, such as mildew, molds and bad odors. Allphase Restoration and Construction has the tools to test to see where the water is EVEN BELOW the obvious surface. We are certified, trained, and have the equipment and experience to do the job right for you.
7: Check the Source.
If your water damage problems stem from rising flood waters or unsanitary sources, such as tubs or sinks, it is called “gray water”, and precautions must be taken. Use gloves, rubber boots and use disinfectants on surfaces during and after the drying process. Contact us immediately for flood water damage restoration and repair Columbus, OH.
Sewage – USE EXTREME CAUTION – Keep pets and children away. You are dealing with a health hazard. You must have professional help as this situation is beyond the scope of homeowners. The pollutants in this “black water” have been known to kill. What drastic measures needs to be taken? All carpet and pad must be thrown away, sheetrock removed and disposed of, and remaining materials must be disinfected and sanitized. A professional restoration company is a life-saver in a situation like this. Call Allphase Restoration and Construction immediately at 614-261-0000.
8: Size & Time Frame.
If there is an unusual amount of water, or several hours have passed before you found the water damage, it probably means that the water damage has started to permeate the walls. A professional is needed to handle this kind of water damage repair. Allphase Restoration and Construction can apply anti-microbial cleaners (chemicals to prevent mold from starting and also deodorizes at the same time) to all surfaces and even into drywall spaces, sometimes without removing the wall surface.
Our Flood Water Damage Restoration and Repair Columbus, OH Team Also Serves Other Ohio Cities:
Columbus, Hilliard, Dublin, Westerville, Gahanna, Worthington, New Albany, Grove City, Whitehall, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, Powell, Upper Arlington, Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Lewis Center, Pataskala, Lancaster, Marion, Marysville, Plain City, Delaware.
At Allphase Restoration and Construction, Inc., we pride ourselves on customer service being our highest priority. In order to help you, we have created some links in order to best assist you when you have water damage questions.
- For tips on Safe Flood Clean Up & tips on Sewer Backups – click here
- DIY Tips to Save Money when dealing with water damage – click here
- Tips for Drying out a Water-Damaged Building – click here
- Tips on How to Protect Your Home from Appliances and Leaking Pipes Water Damage – click here
- Quick Tips for Preventing Water Damage – Great article for loss prevention and maintenance tips on Toilets, water heaters, washing machines, water heaters, plumbing and drain systems, roof leaks, sinks, sump pumps, shower stalls and refrigerator icemakers – click here
- Tips from is my water damage covered by insurance, pollution level of water and what steps to take to minimize water damage – click here
- After the Flood Tips from National Flood Insurance Program – click here
- What to do in the first 24 hours after a flood – fantastic article that will take you step by step through what to do when your home has been affected by a flood – click here
- How to Deal with Residential Water Damage – Great article on DIY water damage clean up – click here
- What to do after a major water leak or indoor flood – 14 steps on what to do immediately to salvage your belongings – click here
- After the Catastrophe – another article with good information for homeowners after a flooding catastrophe happens – click here