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Professional Flood Restoration

Experiencing a flood in your home is one of the most stressful and traumatic events that will happen to you in your life. Depending on the severity of the flood, anything from your family photos and belongings in storage to furniture and appliances may be damaged or destroyed. Flood restoration is the process of restoring your home and belongings back to their original conditions if at all possible. The sooner you have your home restored, the better the chance you have of salvaging all of your belongings. Flood damage is very destructive and the scope of the damage increases over time.

The flood damage timeline and the 48 hour rule.

The 48 Hour Rule

Flood restoration is best taken care of by professionals.Generally speaking, you have about 48 hours from the time of the flood to get everything dried out and restored before mold and mildew start to set in. If this happens, mold removal can triple and sometimes even quadruple the cleanup costs, so time is of the essence. In the case of flood damage, for safety and to prevent mold growth and further damage to your home, take the following steps before doing anything else:

  • Immediately remove all standing water (use a sump pump or shop vac, in the case of a sump pump failure or more than 2 inches of water it is recommended that you contact a professional immediately)
  • Examine the scope of the damage
    • Check drywall for damage and moisture
    • Check carpet and flooring for moisture
    • Check furniture/belongings in the affected area for damage/moisture
  • Begin to start drying out the affected areas with fans
  • Contact a professional flood restoration provider and provide them with all of the details you can about the flood and get their professional opinion on what steps you should take next. They will be able to tell you if you are able to effectively clean it up yourself or if you should have them come out to your home to give you a free estimate.

Suggestions for Flood Restoration

There are times when professional flood restoration is not necessary, however, you must be very careful if you do not choose to contact a damage restoration company. If you opt to clean it up yourself, and months later you find mold and mildew growing, you will have to fork out thousands of dollars for mold remediation by a professional to pass a mold inspection. Hiring a professional flood restoration company helps you avoid this by giving you a 100% guarantee on all work done to your home for an entire year. This means that if mold does start to form, the company that restored your flood damage is obligated to remove the mold for you and you don't have to worry about it. Contact Water Damage Local today for a free in-home flood restoration estimate!

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