Water damage restoration is a difficult and time-intensive process. Our restoration experts at Restoration 1 of Oklahoma City are experienced in all types and severity of water damage restoration and are available to help you get through the process no matter what. However, there are several things you can do to make the water damage restoration process go more smoothly. Doing these things will allow our restoration efforts to go more quickly when we arrive and decrease the overall damage to your home.
If you ever come home and find that your home is being flooded your very first move should be to stop the flow of water as soon as possible. The reasons why are obvious as stopping the water flow will lead to less water in your home. If the flooding is coming from inside your home, the best way to stop it is to shut off the water supply in your home. If the flooding is coming from outside your home, still do all you can to keep more water from entering into your home.
Once the water flow has been stopped, the next step is to remove the floodwater. A sump pump is one of the best ways to do this. Sump pumps are tools that pump water out from your basement or crawlspace. They are incredibly effective at this as they can pump out large amounts of water in a short time. Beyond removing the standing floodwater, it is also important to dry out your home. The best way to do this is to increase the air circulation in your home by opening windows and doors along with using any fans you have to dry out the affected areas.
A detailed inventory of all your possessions before and after a flood will save you a great deal of trouble in the long run. Your inventory should have before and after descriptions of all of your valuable items along with before and pictures. This will allow us to do our job more quickly and will save you a great deal of time when dealing with your insurance company later on.
At the end of the day, the best way to make the water damage restoration process go more smoothly is to call a professional cleaning and restoration company for help. Many people attempt to take a DIY approach to water damage restoration and they usually regret it. The reason why is that professional cleaning and restoration companies have the proper equipment and training while you do not. For example, our team at Restoration 1 of Oklahoma City uses high-powered industrial fans and pumps to remove water from your home. We also utilize state-of-the-art restoration techniques to restore your damaged possessions. If your home is ever flooded, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help you restore your home back to normal and make it through the restoration process.