How to Properly Handle Water Damage Yourself​

Water damage can occur after a pipe breaks, flooding due to weather, ice dams and roof leaks.  These are just a few reasons why we are called to mitigate water damage from a home or business.  If you find yourself in this situation, you have a choice to make.  Do I clean up the damages myself or hire a professional restoration company?  When you call American Restoration Inc, we respond with state of the art equipment to help locate the water and dry the structure fast and efficiently.  We use moisture meters, sensors and infrared imaging to map where the water has traveled and figure out how wet the building is.  We complete any necessary demolition, then start the drying process using air movers and dehumidifiers.  If you decide to handle this issue on your own, here are some tips to help you along your way.  It is very important to start this process immediately to prevent additional damages and mold growth.

  1. ​Where is the water coming from?  The first thing you want to do is stop the water intrusion.  If you have a broken pipe, you can shut off the water to the structure until a plumber can fix the break.
  2. Take pictures and document as much as possible.  This will be helpful if you decide to file an insurance claim.
  3. What is wet?  How far did the water travel?  The best way to answer these questions is by using a moisture meter.
  4. Once you know where the water traveled, you can begin removing personal contents out of the area to minimize damage to these items.
  5. Remove any standing or excess water using a wet vacuum, carpet cleaning machine or sump pump.
  6. It may be necessary to remove building materials in order to dry the structure quickly.  This may consist of drywall, trim and flooring.  Depending on how wet these materials are, you will need to decide if they need to be removed or can they be dried in place.  A moisture meter will provide this information.  Store salvageable materials in a dry location.
  7. Now you can begin the drying process.  Air movers and dehumidifiers are the best way to extract the moisture from building materials and the air.