It’s important for home and business owners to take appropriate measures to prepare or protect their property from sudden water damage. Water damage restoration professionals work with clients every day who never anticipated a flood or sewage backup and were therefore left unprepared to efficiently handle the crisis. Here is a guide to preparing your home or business for a water damage emergency:
Move Important Items to a Safe Location
Never store important documents close to the floor or unprotected on top of your desk or countertops. Once floodwaters rise, these papers could easily be ruined. If the flood is caused by overhead sprinklers, this can also pose a risk to important documents sitting loosely on surfaces. Store papers inside of a filing cabinet instead, to increase their level of protection.
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit
Both businesses and households should have emergency supply kits ready that include waterproof matches and candles, insurance information, water damage restoration company phone numbers, duct tape, and plastic tarps. The plastic tarps and duct tape can be used to quickly cover electronic equipment, file cabinets, or furniture that is vulnerable to damage.
Take Photos of Your Home or Business
For insurance purposes, it’s a good idea to take plenty of photos of your home or business as it is now, prior to any potential water damage. These photos can be compared to those taken by your water damage mitigation team in order to show the extent of the damage. Keep copies of these photos offsite in a safe, in a digital storage system, or at a friend’s or relative’s home.
When making your water damage emergency plan, be sure to have a copy of our phone number here at Ideal Restoration. No matter what time of day, our trained professionals will come to your home or business and begin working on all essential repairs. To learn how we strive to combat water damage quickly and effectively, call us today at (888) 419-4279.