10 Things You Should Do If You Are Affected By Water Damage.

You may be affected by water damage at any time, not just in times of storms and heavy rains.  In fact, most water damage occurs in ones home as a result of a burst or leaking pipe, water overflow from a tap left on over a long period, washing machine overflows, sewage overflows etc. Your home could be affected by water damage at anytime and if you are one of the unfortunate ones to suffer from water damage we have some simple tips to help minimize the extent of the water damage to your property and minimize your water damage restoration costs.

  • Stop the water flow causing the water damage. Turn off any running taps, switch off the mains if you have a burst pipe or if your taps are jammed.
  • If you notice that the water is quickly rising you should switch off your electricity mains, as water and electricity are a dangerous combination.
  • Remove as much furniture and other valuables as you can from the flooded and water damaged areas in your home or business.
  • If you can not move your furniture try using small pieces of foam or fold aluminium foil to create a block on which you can place the legs of tables, chairs, couches etc.  By elevating the legs you will help to reduce the amount of water they absorb.
  • If you furniture and other valuables are wet you should wipe them down once they have been removed from the water damaged areas of your home.
  • Lift curtains and drapes off the floor so they do not soak up water
  • Remove any rugs from the flood water affected rooms
  • Open all doors and windows in your property to increase air circulation. This will reduce moisture levels and can assist to reduce water damage to your property.
  • Using a mop or light colored towels try to remove as much water as you can. Do not use a vacuum cleaner to suck up water, you could get electrocuted!
  • Call an IICRC Water Damage Restoration Specialist to access your water damage and to commence with a professional water extraction and drying program.  Capital Facility Services can be contacted 24/7 on 133 554 418.  The sooner we attend to your water damage and commence the restoration program the less damage you will experience and  the lower your water damage restoration costs