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Water Damage Checklist: 

Experiencing water damage in your home is frustrating and can be incredibly damaging. This unfortunate event can stem from various situations, such as a leaking pipe from a second-floor washing machine, a malfunctioning appliance, or even a sewer backup. Each scenario requires unique cleanup procedures and protocols to follow. Regardless of the cause, there are crucial steps you must take to address water damage until a professional can assess the situation. We have provided you with a step-by-step damage control list to help preserve the longevity of your home. 

  1. Find the source of the leak and turn off the water  The first thing you need to do after you see standing water in any area of your house is to find the source of the water. To prevent further damage to your house and belongings, stop the water immediately. This usually means turning off the water in your home or calling a professional if it is unsafe for you to do it yourself.

  2. Turn off the power It is best to turn off the power in your home after discovering water damage. Water can seep into outlets or reach exposed wires which can lead to additional damage to your property.

  3. Call your insurance company  While filing a claim is not what we recommend doing immediately, it is best to speak with your insurance agent and understand your policy and what your deductible may be. 

  4. Start the water damage restoration process Water damage in the home can result in some of the most severe damages. It's crucial to begin repairs promptly to prevent mold growth and structural issues within the house. Contacting a reputable water damage restoration company, such as ATP Restoration, is highly recommended to ensure thorough mitigation and proper repairs. Professional companies possess the necessary expertise to address water damage effectively and identify any potential mold or other hazardous concerns.

  5. Examine for mold  Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours, making it essential to conduct a thorough inspection of your house for any signs of mold. Check areas such as carpets, walls, drywall, flooring, and more for any visible signs. Even if you don't detect mold yourself, it's advisable to reach out to a professional mold remediation company like ATP Restoration for a comprehensive assessment and remediation of the space. Early detection and proper remediation are key to preventing further mold growth and potential health hazards.

Untreated water damage can lead to health complications in addition to damage to your home. While water damage might not seem like a huge concern, it should always be addressed promptly to avoid issues arising in the future. Contact the dedicated professionals at ATP Restoration to assist you in managing this situation effectively.

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