When you think about the things that can happen to your home, it’s hard to imagine water damage being one of them. However, water damage restoration is one of Tulsa’s most common repairs in homes and businesses.
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Water damage can occur when a pipe bursts during a mid-winter ice storm, or when flooding occurs after several inches of rain after a typical Oklahoma drought. Water damage can happen at any time of the year. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for these events so you’re not caught off-guard and unprepared when they happen to you. Here are some tips on how you can prepare yourself in case of a water damage event:
- Keep an inventory of your belongings—If anything gets damaged because of the incident, it will be much easier for an insurance company to determine whether or not they’ll cover the cost if you have an inventory list of your belongings and their value.
- Keep copies of all receipts—You may need them when filing a claim with your insurance company or when applying for government assistance programs such as FEMA grants or Small Business Administration loans.
- Take photos before cleaning up—This will help document what happened at the scene before any repairs were made so that if there’s any dispute later down the line regarding who’s responsible for paying what costs out of pocket (like carpet replacement), then there’s evidence available to settle it quickly.
No matter how hard you try to keep your home safe from the elements, sometimes things just happen. When faced with the prospect of water damage in your home, it’s easy to panic. With thousands of dollars in property damage—and thousands more in repair costs—it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry! You’re not alone, and there are ways to minimize the impact of your water damage event.
The first step is to act quickly. The longer you wait to address the problem, the more likely it will be that mold will grow and damage your home further. To prevent that from happening, call an IICRC-certified professional water damage restoration company immediately after noticing flooding or leaking in your home. They will assess the situation, create a plan for mitigating damage, and get started on repairs immediately so that you can return home as soon as possible.
When choosing a professional water damage restoration company, you want to make sure they are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, more commonly known as the IICRC. The IICRC is a standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. Companies with this certification generally have more training, and experience, and are more familiar with the standards for taking care of water damage.
While many home and business owners believe they can take on water damage restoration alone, it’s not as simple as just setting up a few fans and waiting for things to dry out. It’s better to call a professional when you first notice the damage before even more damage occurs. Because time is of the essence, and disasters happen when you least expect them, Courtesy Care Professional Cleaning & Restoration Services, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be at your home within 60-90 minutes of your call.