What to Do if You See Water Damage


From faulty washing machines to broken pipes, water damage changes in source and intensity. Wherever it comes from, it can result in severe problems for the foundation and fixtures inside. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are prone to harboring mold and mildew after covered in water. The Paul Davis specialists are the experts to reach when your home or business takes on water damage.

Before Paul Davis Pros Arrive

Before a Paul Davis professional arrives, there are different steps you can do to make the process faster. You need to move quickly to save everything in your home from water damage.

First, assess the condition of your property. It’s common knowledge that water and electricity are a hazardous combo, so look for electrical hazards on the premises before you start cleaning. Exposed wires or damp electronics can present a danger, even when appliances have been turned off. To ensure total safety, shut down all breakers and circuits around your property to avoid electrocution.

Salvaging Items & your Home

A severe flood can leave all your possessions wet. When your property is safe to enter, move all your possessions. Paper and inked things like books need a level, dry surface. Don’t forget light fixtures and other shelf items either. The hard work begins once you’ve removed books and other small items.

To begin the drying process, we recommend fans and your home’s AC in your property to circulate air around the area. Leave the big messes for the specialists, however, you can wipe or mop easier spots. Though you may want to try, never use a normal home vacuum cleaner to clean water. This can damage the vacuum and hurt you if incorrectly used. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden and cement blocks to lift heavy chairs and sofas away from the the floor.

Carpet and fabrics take on weight when wet. All that extra weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods difficult to dry. This means when you must remove a large fabric item, lift carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the wet area to dry correctly. Remember that water damage can affect such items permanently, so you may not be able to save them.

In severe flooding events, the extra water weight can affect the structural strength of your property. Ceilings and floors can bow when they take on water weight, it’s best to stay away from these areas.

Why You Should Call Paul

Water damage is no match for Paul Davis. {But with a some help from our customers, we can get to work immediately.} We can get your house back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians have restored a range of flood conditions in different types of residential and commercial properties. Additionally, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims effectively, so you can get life back to normal.