Moving your home is a stressful experience in itself. Unexpected situations such as a burst pipe or severe flooding can throw a wretched wrench in your plans. There is no reason to panic though. Your friends at Atlanta Property Inspections are ready to help. Our home inspectors will be by your side from beginning to end. We even help you file your insurance claim and protect you from getting lowballed. Continue reading for some tips on what to do about water damaged property. Call Atlanta Property Inspections to speak with a friendly representative or schedule a home inspection today. We are ready when you are.
Water damage can be a result of a variety of things, including storms, burst pipes, or even faulty appliances. Water is not necessarily harmless though. Sewage backups from toilets can expose you to pathogens, bacteria, and disease. Worse, floodwater and water from burst pipes may be in contact with electrical wiring and could be carrying electrical currents. It is best to get to safety and call for professionals. You want to call a water damage restoration company as well as your insurance company. Calling Atlanta Property Inspections for a third-party assessment of the damage can save you from getting lowballed by the insurance company.
With safety at the top of your priority list, try to document as much of the damage as possible. Take photos and detailed videos as evidence. This will be valuable when filing your insurance claim. Again, be mindful not to put yourself in harms way just to take photos.
Emergency response teams and the damage restoration company will work to find the root cause of the water damage and contain the damage. For instance, they will likely turn off the electricity, gas line, and water supply. Once the threat is eliminated, you can head into the property to salvage property such as furniture, clothing, personal property, electronics, appliances, and so forth.
Water is a conduit for all sorts of bacteria and pathogens. If you are dealing with gray or black water, then wear protective clothing when cleaning up the mess. We recommend you leave the clean up work to a damage restoration company. They have sophisticated machines and equipment to clean the area and remove excess moisture effectively and efficiently. Plus, these costs may be covered by your property insurance company. These are expenses that you want to get quality service for.
With the water damage cleaned up and restored, it is time to do a final survey. Have a home inspector come in and evaluate the condition of the property. An extra pair of eyes can catch things you may have missed. Even a little moisture can introduce mold and mildew growth. The folks at Atlanta Property Inspections are happy to schedule an appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch today. Don’t forget to explore our website to take advantage of applicable coupons and discounts.