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DIY Water Damage Tips

At some point it's likely you're going to have to take care of water damage if you have a house. Nearly 40% of homeowners have water damage in their home. Water damage is also the most frequent claim filed against their homeowner's insurance.

So once you do find water damage in your house, do you know what to do next? Here are some do it yourself tips about what to do when you have water damage in your home before a water damage restoration company responds or if the harm is small enough to clean up by yourself (DIY).

DIY Water Damage Tips

Locate The Source Of Water — The first thing you will need to do is figure out where the water is coming from. Sometimes this can be tricky depending on where the water damage is. For example, water damage ceilings can be difficult to identify precisely where the water is coming from, and if it's a roof issue or not. If you can not identify where the water source is coming from, you need to call a professional.

Shut Off Water Source & Electricity — When you find the source of the water, if it's not an outside source but in fact coming out of the home (i.e. pipe) you should shut off the water source to help reduce further damage caused by the water. If there are any electronic equipment in the room or in the affected region, the power should be turned off or the electronics removed from the room.

Move Contents Away From Affected Area — Any private items, furniture, and other contents in your home sitting at the water and the affected area should be moved. If you let your contents sit in the water it can cause secondary damage to the contents and might make them unsalvageable.

A lot of times you have heavy furniture which can not be moved, in this instance, a water damage restoration service would put the furniture on blocks to keep the contents off the ground and from the water. If you can accomplish this yourself, great, otherwise you might need to call a specialist. Also in many cases, you have cabinets and vanity's that can't be moved. You will need the help of a professional as well here to decide whether the water is behind these products.

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