I’ve got water damage what I do now?

So you’ve discovered that you got water damage in your home or business, congratulations! You have done what most people only do after much delay and have confronted the issue head-on. Water damage is an issue that needs to be dealt with on the hop because if it’s not it becomes a bigger and bigger issue in the future. What do you do now? The first thing you should do is to resist the urge to panic. Panic is our body’s natural response to a situation that is beyond our control but water damage does not have to be beyond our control.

The first thing you should do when you discovered water damage that is beyond your ability to deal with is to contact a water damage restoration company. You may think that the first person you should call is your insurance but in reality should call a restoration company before insurance. There is a very good reason for this. The water damage restoration company will assess the damage and give you a list of costs. You can then present this list to your insurance company and be sure that everything that needs to be covered will be covered rather than vaguely tell them that you have had damage.

After you have contacted both the restoration company and the insurance it’s time for you to take on the hardest job, being patient. Water damage is not dealt with quickly if it is to be dealt with properly. Do not try and rush proceedings because if the job is not done properly the water damage may persist and come back to haunt you.

Battling entropy: replace, repair, restore

Everything breaks down over time. Whether it is our bodies or the very house that we live in time is the great killer of all things. When it comes to appliances, hoses, pipes, conduits, sinks and all other plumbing apparatus in your home entropy spares none of this. It is a fact of the universe that order will descend into disorder if given enough time. Then comes the plumbing of your home how can you prevent its eventual decline? Follow these steps.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is replace the damaged item. If a pipe for example is damaged beyond repair the only thing you can do is replace it. When it comes to planning and the practical place is a poorly patched repair will cost you more than a replacement in the long run.

Sometimes you are able to repair the damaged item. In this case a well thought out and enacted repair may be able to deal with the issue perfectly well. A damaged pipe may be repaired and may serve you well for years to come.

Sometimes an item was damaged before by water and is now able to be restored to its former glory. In cases like this be sure you aren’t taking on project that is doomed to failure. Sometimes you can restore wooden flooring that has been water damage and sometimes it is far too far-gone to be restored. Pick your battles well.

Water damage does not have to be the end. With careful planning and the relevant knowledge you can reverse or even eliminate the effects of water damage on your life.