What You Should Do If Your Home or Business is Flooded
or Experiences Water Damage
It goes without saying that water damage and/or flooding in someone’s home or business is one of the most destructive and potentially expensive experiences a property owner can experience. Water damage can vary from being a small, easy to fix problem, to being a complete disaster that could ruin your entire property. So, what should you do if your Oklahoma City home or business is affected by water damage? As soon as you suspect water damage in your property, it is very important for you to immediately contact your insurance company to notify them of the damage and have them assess whether your property is safe to be in or not.
As soon as you suspect water damage in your Oklahoma City property, it is very important for you to immediately contact your insurance company to notify them of the damage and have them assess whether your property is safe to live or work in or not. Time is of the essense when dealing with water damage for your home or business. It can literally be the difference between having minor damage that can be fixed, to ruining the entire structure of the building and costing yourself a lot more money to restore your property back to normal.
Water damage or flooding poses serious risks for anyone in or around the property. You may or may not know some of the hazards you could run into while inspecting the property post water damage. RGP Restoration, Construction, & Roofing Group are experts at water mitigation and restoration and we want to inform people of the initial steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of the property as well as ensure the least amount of damage to their properties.
Electric, Oil and Gas Risks After Water Damage to Your Home or Business
Water damage tends to create a risk of electrical shock inside your home or business. This may seem like an obvious statement, but if there is any standing water in your home or business after the water damage has occurred, then there is a change that electric outlets, breaker boxes, or any live wires are submerged and nobody should enter the property. Likewise, you should turn off your fuel oil, natural gas, or propane lines and any individual electrical lines at the breaker box to each of the corresponding appliances. A large amount of water can cause things to shift and if your property has standing water or experienced flood, there is definitely a possibility that your appliances could have shifted or connection lines could have loosened, potentially creating leaks. This is why it is very important to determine if it is safe for anyone to be in your house or business after water damage or flooding.
A large amount of water can cause things to shift and if your property has standing water or experienced flooding, there is definitely a possibility that your appliances could have shifted or connection lines could have loosened, potentially creating leaks. This is why it is very important to determine if it is safe for anyone to be in your house or business after water damage or flooding. Natural gas or propane leaks can also lead to fires, which is going to cause more damage to your property and potentially ruin it. There are many possibilities of how water can damage a property and to ensure the safety of property owners, it is important to understand the extent to what those damages could be. That is why it is imperative that you also contact a restoration company like RGP Restoration to inspect your home or business for potential dangers that you may not know about on your own.
Structural Damage From Water Damage or Flooding
Be sure to take note of what may have caused the water damage, particularly for any structural damage to your home or business caused by the water damage or flooding. Be sure to keep a detailed log and pictures of everything you believe may have been affected prior to meeting with your insurance adjuster. There are certain things you should look for after water damage or flooding including bulging ceilings, or evidence of any weakness in weight bearing components of your property. You also need to look for any buckling floors and be sure that your foundation walls are not damaged, especially in basements.
Regardless of the cause of the water damage you’re facing, the most important thing thing to do is to make sure you respond as quickly as possible and mitigate the damage caused by the water. If you delay the mitigation process, mold and mildew will begin forming in your property.
Why You Should Contact a Water Mitigation Specialist if You Experience Problems
Some property owners believe that they can perform the water mitigation and restoration process themselves by pumping out the water caused by the flooding or water damage. It’s true that a property owner can rent equipment to pump out the water, but what many people are unaware of and miss, is the possibility of damage that is not immediately evident, but can be the most threatening results to the property in the short and long run. The mitigation process is not only hazardous when trying to repair the noticable damage to the property, but other dangerous situations could occur in the home or business and cause serious problems, such as falling debris, exposed wires, growth of mold, etc. Typically, after a flood or other water damage event, without proper water mitigation, the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew is prevalent. Water will find its way into every nook and cranny possible, and the bacteria, mold, and deterioration will begin to take place.
This is where many property owners neglect to clean or even think about. Water damage causes structural materials to deteriorate, possible electrical damage, and creates an environment in which termites and mold flourish. Many times you will need special equipment to show how extensive the water damage actually is. Not only do you need special equipment, but you will need to know how to use it. RGP Restoration has special thermal imaging devises that can detect water damage to the structural parts of your building that can’t be seen by the naked eye. This can give homeowners and business owners that have experienced water damage the false sense of security that they cleaned up the mess, when in fact they have only cleaned up the surface damage of the water problems.
Despite being a nuisance, termites and mold can both cause major structural damage to a property very quickly when water damage or flooding occurs. Once water enters your home or business, it immediately starts to create difficulties with the growth of harmful molds, permanent aromas, and even structural damage that can be very expensive to restore. Delaying removal of unwanted water by a day or even a few hours, can increase the risk of severe damage to the property and will be even more expensive to restore.
Contact RGP For All of Your Water Mitigation and Restoration Needs in Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Call RGP Restoration at 405.701.0064 for all of your mitigation and restoration needs after water damage or flooding. The earlier your respond to the water damage and begin the water extraction and drying process, the less permanent and costly the damage will be. Mold can start to grow within 24-28 hours after water exposure. That’s why RGP Restoration, Construction, & Roofing Group provides 24/7 emergency response so that we can help you begin the restoration process as soon as possible after it occurs.
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