Gilbert residents get to call one of the largest municipalities in Arizona home, and it only is getting bigger. While there are plenty of positives with larger cities, it also just means that statistically, there’s a higher chance that someone you know is going to experience mild to extreme water damage in their home. To help yourself and neighbors, here are 3 things you can do in preparation for water damage cleanup services to arrive:
Mop Up What You Can
If you know the water came from a clean water source, such as an overflowing sink, try to gain access to the source and shut it off. Then, with towels, rags, a mop, or any other absorbent materials. The important thing to remember is that this should only be done if you know for a fact the water is not contaminated. If you are unsure of the source of the damage, it could potentially be sewage or other toxic waste, and you should leave all cleanup to the professionals.
Remove Wet Fabrics
Rugs, coats, and drapes are all materials that most likely got wet incredibly fast. Unlike non-porous materials such as metals and stone, fabrics not only get wet fast, but can retain an impressive amount of water unless properly dried. In attempts to reduce staining of the fabric or leeching of the colors, remove fabrics from the area and, if you have a yard, lay them out to dry on the lawn.
Fan the Area
Once the room has been cleared of objects and materials that you feel comfortable and safe moving, open any windows and doors and fan out the area. Be sure when plugging anything into an electric outlet, that it has not been damaged whatsoever by water, otherwise you risk being shocked or electrocuted. While industrial-sized, high velocity fans are ideal, household fans will work too, just not as well. Luckily, if you have contacted our team in a timely manner, you won’t have to worry too much about the strength of your fans; they’ll take care of the rest of the damage for you.
Valleywide Restoration is a family owned and operated water damage cleanup service company. With over 25 years of experience in damage cleanup, restoration, renovation, and construction, our water damage cleanup experts can guarantee your home will be cleaned and restored to its pre-loss condition on time and within the budget you set for the project. The IICRC certified and BBB accredited business employs over 40 highly trained employees, with technicians that specialize in essential damage mitigation and cleanup processes such as roofing, tarp ups, and storm repair, and utilize cutting-edge, industry standard technology for each individual project. Their equipment, such as high velocity air movers and dehumidifiers, combined with their advanced structural drying techniques, allow the experts to monitor temperature, humidity, drying rate, etc. With our water damage cleanup experts, you’re promised a complete cleanup and restoration, with your property oftentimes looking better than before the damage. This is done by repairing damaged drywall, ceilings, floors, carpets, with an entire restoration division dedicated to cleaning and restoring personal items damaged by water and mold. With free quotes and no obligation project assessments, it’s easy to see why the city of Gilbert and its surrounding areas have trusted them for almost three decades. Valleywide also offers immediate, onsite emergency service response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as phone or e-mail response within 24 hours of initial contact for non-emergencies.
Either you or someone you know is going to experience water damage at some point. When that happens, be prepared to follow these 3 steps to help the situation. But the first step is always to contact our water damage cleanup experts for help and advice.