Top 3 Water Damage Tips for Wichita Homeowners
Frozen pipes, intense storming, backed up drains there are so many ways water damage can occur and we have personal experience with that after serving the Wichita community for nearly 20 years. No matter what the cause of a water damage our highly trained restoration technicians know what needs to be done to make it “Like it never even happened.” If you have a serious water damage you should call us right away. While you wait for us to arrive it is a good idea to be as proactive as you can to minimize the damage to your home. If you are concerned about the health issues of the water check here to learn about water categories. Here are the top 3 things you should do while you wait for help to arrive.
- Move your furniture off wet flooring.
This is something we do when we arrive but until we get there your furniture is sitting in the water getting damaged. Some furniture can swell up and never return to its original size. If metal or wood is touching carpet rust or varnish stains can easily damage your carpet. Move that furniture off your carpet, dry the areas which sat in the water and set it elsewhere in an unaffected area. Preferably on a surface which will not be damaged if your furniture is still damp. Do not forget to remove rugs!
- Remove as much water as you can.
The longer that water is there the more damage you are going to have. Get ahead of the water damage by setting towels down to slow down the flow of water into unaffected areas of your home. If there is a drain which works try to mop/sweep/squeegee the water into it. Some home owners even use their shop-vacs to suck up water which can be slow going but might be worth doing.
- Move your belongings out of the affected areas.
Once we arrive one thing which can really slow down the drying process on the first day is moving contents out of affected areas. Bookshelves with a lot of books, cabinets with fine china or collectables, or dressers full of clothes might need to be moved in order to reach all the affected areas. Even if you cannot move big items by yourself emptying them out before we arrive will speed up the process and get the drying started sooner. This is also a good idea if you have, valuables, guns or sentimental items you would prefer us not to handle.
Even if you are confused or unsure about a water damage situation give us a call. We will come and do a moisture inspection for free for Wichita homeowners. We can help you identify the source of a loss and give you an estimate for what it will take to dry out your home. Our 24/7 emergency line is 316-684-6700.