What to Do After Water Damage

Water damage can be traced back to a variety of causes, from natural disasters to seemingly simple problems, such as a leaky pipe. But no matter its origin, water damage can prove incredibly destructive, so it’s important to understand how to properly respond to such a situation. Below, we’ll outline a few critical steps to take after your property has sustained water damage.

1. Ensure the safety of everyone in the area.

People come first – property can be salvaged, repaired or purchased again. Be sure that all people in or near the damaged building are safe from harm before examining the structure. Besides structural damage, sewage, household chemicals and other substances can contaminate the water.

2. Document the damage.

After clearing people from the property, examine the structure to gauge the severity of the damage. Before attempting to mend the affected area, document the water damage by taking as many pictures as possible for insurance use.

3. Contact your insurance company.

Be sure to discuss the situation thoroughly with your insurance agent prior to addressing the damage. This way, you can see if your insurance policy covers the water damage and learn the proper next steps. 

4. Remove the water and address the damage.

After you’ve consulted with your insurance agent, reach out to VanDam & Krusinga. We’re prepared to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist residents of Southwest Michigan with water crises. We’ll begin by evaluating the situation to determine the methods of restoration. In addition to removing the water, we’ll sanitize your space and remove any lingering odors. We even offer document restoration services, along with mold and mildew remediation.

To learn more about how VanDam & Krusinga Building and Restoration can help or to enlist our water damage restoration services, contact us today.