When you have had a problem with plumbing, flooding, or leaks, it is important to get started with cleaning up and repairs quickly. Before you can start though, you want to inspect your home to evaluate the extent of the damage. You may also want to save some of the materials and personal property. The following step-by-step guide will help walk you through the process of cleaning up the damage:

Evaluate the Damage 

Start the water damage restoration work by inspecting your home for structural damage and find the problem that caused the damage. When the restoration work is done, the problems that caused water to get into your home will need to be addressed and structural damage will need to be repaired. There are also problems with the design of your home that you may want to address.

Make Sure You Are Safe 

It is important for you to stay safe during cleaning and repairs after water damage. Therefore, you want to make sure that the utilities are turned off, and use protective clothing and equipment while cleaning up the mess of water in your home. If there is any contamination due to sewage or floodwaters, you may want to get professional help cleaning up the water in your home.

Save Undamaged Materials and Possessions

There may be some of the materials in your home that have not been severely damaged, as well as personal property. These are some of the things that you will want to remove carefully and store in a safe place to prevent further damage. Let them dry and begin restoring the things you plan on putting back in your home.

Clean Up the Water and Remove Damaged Materials

Once you have the damaged area clear, you are going to be ready to start removing the water from your home. Use whatever you have available to get the water out and begin demolition of the materials that need to be replaced. Most of the drywall, woodwork, and carpet will need to be removed and replaced.

Work With a Contractor 

With all the water gone and the demolition work done, you will be ready to talk to a water damage restoration service. They will be able to help with some of the complicated work that needs to be done, such as drying out the moisture and testing your home for mold. You will also want to talk to them about improvements that will help prevent future problems with water damage in your home.

These are the steps that you need to take to inspect the water damage to your home and begin cleaning up the mess to complete restorations. If your home has recently been damaged by water, contact a water damage restoration contractor for professional help cleaning up and repairing the damage.