After the water has stopped flowing into your home and you’re ready to embark on the water damage restoration process, one of your main priorities will likely be salvaging as many of your belongings as possible. To make this happen, we recommend:
- Removing rugs – During the water damage restoration process, you should remove any rugs from your flooring because the water could cause the dyes in these carpets to stain the ground underneath them. However, if your carpeting was damaged by water, avoid removing it without professional assistance.
- Washing your linens—If any of your clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, or other linens were damaged, try to wash them as soon as possible.
- Wiping down excess water—To speed up the drying process, open up the cabinets and drawers in your home and wipe them down to remove excess water. If your books were damaged, wipe them down as well, and spread out their pages to keep additional damage from occurring.
- Filing an insurance claim – The sooner your file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company, the better.
As you start the water damage restoration process, you may think that it’s best to just throw out the things that have sustained too much damage. However, if you do this, you may throw away items that could be replaced under your insurance policy. Wait until a claims adjuster has come to your home and inspected the affected area before you start throwing things away.