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Flood and Water Damage Treatments


From broken appliances to leaky roofs, water damage varies in source and severity. No matter where it comes from, it can cause severe harm to the foundation and stability indoors. Floors, walls and other surfaces are susceptible to fungal invasion after taking on water. If your property experiences water damage, get the professionals from Paul Davis.

Before the Pros Arrive

It can be hard not to try and fix the situation yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the heavy lifting up to the professionals. However, there are some ways to clean before the Paul Davis crew arrives. To save everything at home from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.

Before cleaning, evaluate the any hazards in your property. It’s no secret that water and electricity are dangerous together, so search for electrical hazards on the premises before you begin cleanup. Even when powered down, exposed wiring or wet electronics can pose a danger. Shut down all breakers and circuits to avoid electrocution and ensure total safety.

First Things First

Water is a pervasive liquid that can dampen every nook and cranny in your house. Remove all your small items to deter more water damage. Use a dry, stable surface to set books, magazines and other paper things. Magazines and other inked items should be lie on a dry, stable surface. Small lamps, collectibles and any other display items should also be removed. The hard work begins when you’ve removed magazines and other small items.

To dry your house, use fans or air conditioning. Absorb all smaller puddles and standing water with a wet mop or towels. Though you may want to try, never use a standard home vacuum cleaner to clean water. This can damage the appliance or endanger you if incorrectly used. When you’re ready to move furniture, raise up furnishings like sofas and heavy chairs onto wooden or cement blocks to elevate them away from the the floor.

Carpet and fabrics take on weight when soaked. This additional weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods difficult to lift. This means when you need to move a rug, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the wet area to dry properly. Things like draperies may not be salvaged easily.

Water damages your property’s structure in a similar way it affects rugs and carpets. Floors and ceilings may warp when they absorb too much water weight, it’s best to stay clear of these hazards.

Why You Should Call Paul

Water damage is easy for the Paul Davis team. {And with a little prep work from our customers, we can begin reversing the flooding more quickly.} We work hard to restore your property back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our professionals have worked with 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 promptly, so you can return to normal.