Have you had a roof leak and damage your home? Does spring flooding threaten to fill your home with water, and you're not sure how to deal with the results if this should happen? Although nobody wants to have to deal with a flooded home, no matter the cause, it doesn't necessarily have to be as bad as you might otherwise expect. By taking the correct action as soon as possible, you'll be able to minimize the damage done to your home and to your belongings. Some things to consider include the following:
Use plastic storage tubs: A lot of people store unused items in cardboard boxes. For instance, books, holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, and more are all stored in boxes. Cardboard may initially be cheaper than plastic totes but will do little to nothing to protect the contents from water damage. In order to provide maximum protection, pack at least your most important items into sturdy plastic totes. When dealing with floodwaters, you can then add a further layer of protection by taping the lid to the tote so that no gaps remain and so that water shouldn't be able to enter. You may still lose a few items, but it will be less than if you had only used cardboard boxes.
Know who to call: No matter how the water damage occurred, it's essential to have things repaired as quickly as possible. Because of that, you should have the numbers of all relevant service professionals saved in multiple locations. This way, even if you lose your phone or a particular file becomes damaged, you'll still have the information saved elsewhere. In addition to the company that will fix things like walls and flooring, you may also want to have the information for at least a plumber and a roofing company on standby as well.
Have cleanup equipment: When it comes to water damage, every second counts. The longer water sits on a given surface, the more damage there will be. You're almost certain to be on-site for potentially hours or even a few days before the water damage repair company is going to be able to arrive and get to work. In the meantime, if it is safe to do so, you should be doing what you can to facilitate removing the water from your home. Depending on the source of the water, this may include using a push-broom or push-squeegee to get the water out of the door, opening all of the doors and windows so that water can evaporate, and so forth.
For more information, contact a water damage repair company.