Prevention is always better than cure, and water damage is better than restoration. Water damage is a scary situation that your house shouldn't get into. However, sometimes water damage is inevitable and sometimes irreversible. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms and heavy rains can lead to water damage. They are inevitable. However, you can design your house so that water damage is not irreversible in such a situation.
If you are experiencing water damage for the first time, remember to restore and redesign your home so that you have no problems for the rest of your life. In this article we will present some useful restorations and tips for redesigning homes after water damage.
This should be your first step
Have your home checked regularly by a company that offers comprehensive water treatment services. You can sign up for a regular review so you don't miss a scheduled inspection visit. Indeed, a regular assessment of water damage helps prevent a potential water damage crisis. A comprehensive health check generally ensures that the sanitary system is working properly, the pipes are stable, the roofs, shingles and tiles are in good condition and there are no signs of mold or internal leaks (peeling walls).
We emphasize the term all-inclusive because you may never know which service you will need in the future. A comprehensive company for water damage restoration offers services for water damage restoration, prevention and removal of mold damage, fire damage and asbestos removal. Make sure the company is IICRC certified and employs only trained restoration technicians.
Restore and prevent floods
You cannot avoid natural disasters such as floods and heavy rains. However, you can prevent water damage from these disasters in the following ways:
- Buy household insurance, especially if you live in an old building or in a flood-prone area. Contact a reliable insurer.
- Have the contact numbers of nearby companies for water damage restoration available. Make sure these companies serve emergency calls effectively.
- Have a Plan B survival home so you don't have to evacuate your home.
- Prepare a survival kit and have it ready before the storm or hurricane hits. The kit should include a flashlight, food, water, a phone charger or power bank, thermal clothing, waterproof clothing, pain relievers and cough syrup, and first aid items.
More resistant to water damage and flooding
You need to rethink the following important decisions to ensure that you live in a more stable home:
Do a renovation if your home is made of materials that are exposed to water damage and moisture, e.g. B. wood. Use water-resistant materials such as cement, brick, and hardwood (water-resistant) to restore and redesign your home.
Place your home on a flat surface or raise it if you live in a flood-prone area. Contact your water damage service provider and ask them for their suggestions. Since lifting can be an expensive process, waterproof protective barriers could be a good alternative.
You can also renovate and raise the levels of your windows, including electrical installations, gas entry and power outages, according to the predicted flood levels in your home. You can commission a flood specialist with the assessment. The review also enables you to understand the parts of the house that are prone to flooding and to take the necessary measures that you can take to counter them.
Flood protection, electrical wiring, new insulation, the sanitary system and the replacement of the pipes, the removal of mold, disinfection and dehumidification are part of the restoration and redesign process after water damage. Contact a renovation engineer and arrange a free inspection before investing in anything big.