What to do within 24 hours of Water Damage

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How to react to water damage. (Photo Credits)

Water damage can catch any property owner by surprise. It is a stressful occurrence especially if it reached emergency levels and have paralyzed normal home routine.

What a homeowner does in the first 24 hours following an occurrence is critical to mitigating the damage brought forth by a water damage occurrence. The website Business Trial Group gave pointers as to what to do when water damage takes place in a home. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego CA

“Once a leak or pipe burst has begun, your belongings may be exposed to irreparable damage and you could be at risk for environmental hazards like mold. When you find out which issue caused the water damage on your property, make sure to take photos so that the progression of the damage can be monitored. If you have any photos of the property prior to the water damage, keep those as well. If you are not able to locate the source of the leak, contact a professional to investigate the situation.  It is important to take action as soon as the leak is discovered to preserve your rights to insurance coverage and other remedies.”

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First Response

The webpage Victoria Advocate meanwhile gave tips on dealing with water damage.

“Wear protective clothing. To protect yourself against contaminants and possible wildlife hiding in your home’s nooks and crannies, be sure to wear protective clothing from head to toe. Wear thick boots that can withstand animal bites, as well as a mask, eye protection, and pair of rubber gloves. Shut off electrical power. It might be inconvenient to move around the house in the dark, but it’s better to just use flashlights rather than run the risk of getting electrocuted by exposed wires.”

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Insurance Claim

The blog Professional Loss Adjusters meantime reminded its readers about the insurance claim in relation to water damage.

“First, eliminate the source of the water. If there is snow or ice on the roof, hire a roofer, contractor, or remediation company to remove it. Many insurance companies are paying from $300 to $550 per roof. If it is a broken pipe, shut off the water supply and call a plumber to fix the break. Keep all the parts that are replaced. You have an obligation under the terms of the policy to prevent further damage. “

It also detailed the many questions that the insurance agency may ask following a report or claim. Read the questions here.


Water damage should indeed be immediately acted upon.