Water Damage Restoration | What To Do Or What Not To Do
People who are dealing with water damage restoration to their home have some serious decisions to make. If it is a major water damage situation most likely, your belongings will be affected and possibly ruined from all that water. Their are 3 different categories of water damage and for those different categories there also different classes(levels) of water damage. Mostly you should think about it in terms of the categories as defined in the IICRC S500 Guidelines. Category 1 is known as a clean water situation. For example if you have a burst pipe or supply line that has come loose. The water in the pipes or supply lines is clean. This means that unless it travels through a contaminated area you can dry it and clean anything that it got wet. The next category of concern is category 3 which is basically septic water such as a floor drain backup. If you experience a category 3 water damage situation you should not attempt to salvage any items without the understanding that they could be harmful to your health.
During water damage restoration you must absolutely remember to not try to operate any of your electrical appliances! The television, vacuums as well as all your other appliances need to be checked first by a professional technician before you are able to actually pick out the ones you still might be able to use and keep. It is extremely dangerous to also try to operate any of your electrical appliances while standing on a wet carpet or floors because you might just end up electrocuting yourself in the process.
Water Damaged Personal Contents
People whose home is going through water damage restoration need to be able to fully assess the value as well as the importance of each and every item in the home. When it comes to water damage restoration, where the majority (or practically all) of your belongings have been destroyed, you will have to make the difficult task of trying to figure out which items you would want to discard or keep. It is incredibly frustrating as you are most likely attached to your belongings. If your home was insured you most likely can rest assured that your insurance policy will cover the cost to replace all of your items. The most important thing is to photo document all of your belongings before you allow anybody to discard them. There are many companies who specialize in this and having a professional itemize your contents should be paid as part of your policy coverage.
Foods And Pantry Items
Don’t do it… Foods that have already been soiled because of all that water should not be eaten. If an item has been water damaged the best thing to do is move on form it. The quicker you can assess its value and the quicker it can be replaced. When it comes to water damage restoration, you should be extremely practical so as you will be able to quickly and effectively reorganize your life back to normal.