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How to Deal with a Water Loss Scenario

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No matter what leads to water loss in your home or business, there are certain steps to take to recover. It’s easy to panic when something happens and water is invading your space. But stop, take a breath, and work through the process to help mitigate those damages and get help on the way.

Whether you’re dealing with fire sprinkler water loss, you’ve had a burst pipe, or it’s flooding from Mother Nature, you can use these tips to help.

Protect Your Structure

The first thing that needs to happen is to stop whatever is causing the damage. Sometimes, the best way to do this is to turn off the water at the main. If this is a burst or broken pipe and you have a shut-off valve, that works too. You can’t work to mitigate the damages unless you stop the water from occurring.

Always practice safety. Don’t step into anything that could potentially be a dangerous situation.

Get the Water Out

This is the point where you should consider calling in a water restoration company. There are steps you can take, but these companies will have equipment to help you start extracting water and sorting through things for drying, cleaning, and restoration processes as well.

Here are some elements of the “getting water out” process.

  • Remove items that are salvageable but need to dry out, such as rugs, drapes, and other items. Put them somewhere they can dry without causing further damage.
  • Turn on fans and open windows.
  • Use a shop vac to help extract water.
  • Allow professional companies to bring in their extraction equipment to remove water.

Work Through the Drying Process

The next step is allowing time for things to dry. Once the water is removed, the drying time won’t take as long, but it may take a couple of days. You can start sorting through things. A restoration company might be able to help you determine if something can be cleaned up and restored, rather than needing to be replaced.

The drying process will mostly have to happen naturally. However, using things like fans, dehumidifiers, and possibly even heating or drying equipment can help to dry things faster so cleaning, repairs, and restoration can occur.

Cleanup and Restoration

Once the water is out and the area is dry, you can get to work cleaning up the aftermath. If you work with a company that offers water mitigation, cleanup, and restoration, they will be with you every step of the way. It’s important to move quickly to avoid the risk of mold or further damage to your space.

The cleanup and restoration processes will take the longest, but they generally occur once you’ve handled the higher-risk steps so they aren’t as urgent to work through.

Dry 24 Restoration Offers Water Loss Support

Dry 24 Water Restoration is here for you when you’re dealing with a water scenario of any kind. Our teams are available 24/7 and can work with you from the water extraction to the end restoration and cleanup steps. Give us a call right away so we can help you protect your home or business and mitigate your losses.

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