Fortunately Water Damage, flooded houses, wet carpets, sewerage over flows, burst pipes Gold Coast doesn’t happen to everyone. When water damage does occur on the Gold Coast to you or someone you know, there are some simple tips to ensure you mitigate your losses and assist in the clean-up and insurance claim.
First and foremost, make sure people and animals are safe and out of danger. Most goods and possessions can be replaced or insured, people and pets are much more valuable.
If it is safe to do so, stop the water flowing. This may require a tradesman or a professional. You may need to be in touch with the council. Turn off the water at the mains. You should have the number for a plumber, a water damage restoration expert Gold Coast and the council emergency number close at hand.
Water and electricity are not friends. If water is impacting your electricity or appliances AND it is safe to do so, turn the power off to the property. Most modern switch boards have automatic cut out switches, but add a number of your electrician to your list whilst we think of it.
Call Chem-Dry on the Coast for emergency flood and wet carpet drying and water damage restoration. If you have contents insurance call your insurer to let them know what has happened and advise them that Chem-Dry are on the way.
Remove items which will be damaged by water, think soft furnishings or particle timber. Remember that stained wooden furniture can dye carets and metal furniture can leave rust marks. If it is possible to get everything off the floor of a flooded area do so.
Before Water Damage Cleaner arrives, you can begin mopping up. Remember wet goes to dry, so often times, drying off hard surfaces can assist in taking water away from floating floor boards and carpets.
Use towels to begin sopping water out of carpeted rooms. If you have a wet dry vacuum you can begin removing water.
Do not use heat to dry, this will encourage bacterial growth always use cool air. Keep air moving over the area, to make it harder for mould to begin to take hold.
If it smells, it’s still wet. If you’ve dried it yourself and it feels dry on top but still smells, it’s still wet. Drying needs to begin within 24-48 hours in order to be effective in saving the carpets.
For Insurance purposes if you’re throwing anything out that you wish to claim, take a photo before you throw it out.
Water and flood damage is a complex issue and restoration requires some understanding. Chem-Dry On The Coast have been restoring wet carpets and drying flooded houses for nearly 20 years. Always call a professional for professional advice.