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Water Damage at Home


From faulty washing machines to leaky pipes, water damage varies in source and intensity. If left unchecked, water damage can hurt the stability of your property. Floors, walls and other surfaces are prone to fungal invasion when water damage is left untreated. If your property experiences water damage, get the professionals from Paul Davis of Bristol.

Before the Pros Arrive

Before a Paul Davis pro arrives, there are several things you can do to help make the job faster. To save everything in your home from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.

Do not enter your house until you know it’s safe. Your property becomes a dangerous place when exposed to water and electricity combined. Before entering your home, shut off the main breaker. Even if they look undamaged, home appliances can pack a punch when touched by water.

Getting Started

A serious flood in your home can leave all your items damaged. To prevent water damage from destroying small possessions, move them them before large furniture. Level, dry areas are ideal for drying books, magazines and other paper materials. This also includes little tabletop items, such as lamps and collectibles. The real work begins once you’ve relocated newspapers and other small items.

To dry your house, use fans or air conditioning. Soak up all smaller puddles and sitting water with a wet mop and towels. Though you may want to try, don’t use a regular home vacuum cleaner to remove water. This can damage the appliance or endanger you if improperly handled. To help the floor and furniture dry, use wooden or cement blocks to lift heavy chairs and sofas away from the the floor.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. The additional weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs difficult to lift. So if you must move a rug, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry properly. Depending on the amount of water damage in your home, you might not be able to keep every piece of fabric you own.

Water treats your property’s structure in a similar way it affects carpets and rugs. Ceilings and floors might warp when they take on water weight, be sure to stay away from these hazards.

Paul Davis in Bristol VA

Paul Davis professionals know water damage. They can treat your home more effectively with a little prep work from you. We know how to restore your property back to normal safely and quickly. Our professionals have worked in a range of flood conditions in different types of residential and business properties around Bristol. Additionally, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims quickly, so you can get life back to normal.