Milwaukee WI Water Damage Tips

Flood damage in your home can come from a variety of sources. If neglected, water damage can deteriorate the foundation of your home. Wooden surfaces and drywall are especially vulnerable to mold and mildew growth when water damage is left untreated. If your home takes on water damage, call the experts at Paul Davis of Milwaukee.

Getting Ready for the Experts

It can be hard not to try and remedy the flooding yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the work up to the experts. However, there are some measures you can take before the restoration professionals arrive. To salvage everything in your home from water damage, it’s important to act quickly.

Don’t enter your property unless it’s safe. Your home becomes a hazardous place when exposed to water and electricity combined. Shut off the main breaker before entering your home. Even if they look undamaged, home appliances can be dangerous when damaged by water.

Salvaging Items and your Home

Water is a pervasive liquid that can soak into every nook and cranny in your home. Once your property is safe to enter, remove all your possessions. Paper and inked items like newspapers need a level, dry surface. Don’t forget light fixtures and other shelf things either. The cleaning can begin when you’ve relocated magazines, small items and other wet materials.

Move air around your property using fans to dry. Wipe and mop wet surfaces such as shelves to ensure minor pools of sitting water have been cleaned. Though you may want to try, don’t use a standard home vacuum to remove water. This can damage the appliance or hurt you if improperly handled. When you’re ready to move furniture, raise up furnishings such as sofas and heavy chairs using wooden or cement blocks to elevate them off the wet areas.

Carpet and fabrics take on weight when exposed to water. This additional weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur difficult to lift. So if you must move a large fabric item, proceed with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the soaked area to dry thoroughly. Things such as draperies might not be salvaged easily.

In severe flooding events, the additional water weight can hurt the foundation of your property. Because of this, stay away from drooping ceilings or warped floors. Areas like these have likely absorbed large amounts of water and could collapse under weight.

Why You Should Call Paul

Paul Davis specialists know water damage. With a little professionals arrive speeds up the restoration process. We work hard to get your house back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians have restored a variety of flood conditions in different types of residential and commercial properties around Milwaukee. Additionally, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can get life back to normal.