In our last post, we covered some of the most frequently asked questions about water damage, such as the common causes, water damage insurance, and the overview of water damage restoration. This post will address other common concerns that San Diego homeowners have about water damage.
How to prevent water damage in my home?
Unfortunately, you can’t predict if a pipe will suddenly burst. What you can do is to check the piping regularly, that is, have it inspected and maintained. You should also have the pumps checked and keep the gutters and drains clean. For more information, check out our guide to water damage prevention.
What should I do in case of water damage?
Water damage often comes unannounced, so you may be at a loss as to what you should and shouldn’t do. It goes without saying that the first thing to do is to call a water damage restoration professional. For this reason, you should have the contact information of a reliable San Diego contractor at the ready.
If possible, you should remove some of the furniture, carpeting and upholstery away from the damaged areas. This can be tricky because you risk spreading the possibly contaminated water to other areas in your home, so it may be best to wait for the technicians.
You should unplug all electrical devices and turn the water source off. You definitely shouldn’t use the vacuum cleaner to get rid of water or even put newspapers on the floor. For more detailed instructions, check out this informative blog post.
How to dry water-damaged belongings?
It goes without saying that water damage restoration is not where you can show off your DIY skills. You should leave it to trained professionals. Still, there are some small things you can do to preserve some of your belongings, such as photos, books and electronics. Simply putting them away in a plastic-zippered bag should be enough.
For electrical appliances, don’t get anywhere near them before turning off the main power source. For more instructions on how to dry water-damaged belongings, check out this post.
Why do I need to hire water damage restoration professionals?
First of all, a team of technicians is equipped with specialized tools for assessing the damage, as well as performing the restoration. These tools are not available to a regular consumer, and even if they were, who is to say you would know how to use them properly?
What’s more, the restoration has to be thorough to be efficient. If the cleanup and disinfection are incomplete, there will be viruses and bacteria still spreading around your house, posing a health threat to you and your family.
Also, trained professionals can identify other types of health threats, such as poria or mold outbreak. They can also use the best tools to curb the damage. For example, technicians at KIC Restoration employ the sophisticated Goldmorr technology for mold abatement, which is not only the most efficient but also the most minimally invasive.