When you think of flood damage you probably think of places around you that are nearest to a body of water. However, your geographical location doesn’t matter. If you have running water to your house, you have access to a massive body of water. Even a small burst in your water line can cause extreme damage to your home as you can see from this video. Unfortunately, it happens so what can you expect if you have some type of flood or water damage to your home. Let’s walk through a couple things.
Water damage is kind of like real estate, the extent of the damage (and how much it is going to cost) comes down to one thing. Location, Location, Location. Water heater busted in an unfinished basement with most of your belongings on higher ground? All right, well that should be a pretty easy restoration project. A water line broke in the second floor bathroom while you were out of the house for 10-12 hours? Not as easy. Imagine constant water pouring out of your second floor with nowhere to go other than all over your floors, then soaking down to the ceiling below and spreading to the entire house. We’re not trying to scare anyone, we just want everyone to be aware of the possibility of water damage in your home. Let’s go with this worst case scenario, what would happen next?
As soon as you found the damage you should shut off the source of water (make sure you know where your main shut off valve is). If you can’t get the water to stop, you should call a professional plumber, we know a pretty good one. Once you have the water stopped you will need to call your insurance agent to see what type of coverage you have regarding water damage and get the course of action they recommend. Now, it’s time to call your water damage and restoration company, hopefully, that’s us. We will work with you and your insurance company to assess the damage. When looking at the damage we will most likely break it down within these two steps.
The first thing we will want to do is to make sure we do not put a band aid on the problem that caused the water damage. You don’t want to get all dried out and start a restoration only for the problem to happen again. That could mean re-piping your entire home if the pipes are old and susceptible to another break. It’s not fun, none of this really is, but it’s what has to be done.
Once we know the core of the problem is fixed we can begin the process of getting you back to normal. As soon as we start working, our goal is to get everything dried out. Just like finding the core of the problem, we also want to cut our any chances of creating a new problem like mold. The process of drying everything out can take a while if there is a good amount of damage. Our dryers and dehumidifiers will be working around the clock to make this process go as quick as possible. During this time we will also be tearing out anything that will not be salvageable, think dry-wall, baseboards, cabinetry, and flooring.
Now, if there was a “fun” part to any of this, it would be this step, restoration. This is the time to take advantage of any cosmetic changes you may have always wanted but couldn’t pull the trigger because of budget problems or just not wanting to deal with a mess. Well, the mess is already here, so might as well make the water damage restoration project a home improvement project.
Communication is crucial during this part of the process as there will be many decisions to be made. This is one of the reasons we believe we are the best in the business. We’ve gone through this process before and you haven’t. We see it as our job to walk you through everything and set realistic expectations. That looks like understanding what your insurance policy means, asking good questions, and triple checking to make sure you will be satisfied when this is all over.
If you have ever been a part of a building or home improvement project, you know that things don’t always go as planned. We will be there every step of the way however to get you back to normal (and in some cases even better than normal). The best way to stop water damage is to know where your weak spots are. You can have our team over at Jolly Plumbing check that out for you anytime, for free. However, sometimes accidents just happen.