What is important to know if you are a homeowner is that in most cases water damage can be prevented. Or, if not completely prevented, it can be minimized by proper maintenance measures. Properties that are inspected on a routine basis and get fixed when needed are more protected from the elements than ones that are not. This also makes the property more valuable overall.
Water damage can come from torrential rain that pour into your home and flood it, but it can also come from moisture that wrecks havoc in your residence. Moisture is capable of soaking the carpets in your home as well as staining the walls. It is also capable of damaging electrical systems and utility lines by making them a safety hazard. The property value of your home will drop if moisture is allowed free reign in your dwelling.
Water damage restoration starts with taking preventative measures. A house that has been well designed and is structurally sound will be able to adequately cope with all different kinds of weather such as rain, snow, and high winds.
The prevention of moisture build-up in a house also must take into consideration the level of humidity. In summer there will be lots of humidity and in winter, not enough. Effective ventilation needs to be in place to deal with humidity.
Maintenance and prevention can only go so far when it comes to protecting against water issues. Earthquakes, hurricanes and electrical storms can damage property and leave it filled with excess water, if they are strong enough. If your home is stricken by any of these severe weather circumstances, then you need to know what to do.
Safety must come first, so you must decide if the home can be entered and if it can still be lived in, or if you should pack a suitcase and go elsewhere. If the situation is precarious then it is better to be cautious and to look for alternative living arrangements until the problem can be fixed. Once you know that your family is safe you then need to place a call to your insurance company and from there place a call to a company that specializes in restoration following water damage.
You need a swift and immediate response from a company about the state of your home. Before they arrive do your own thorough inspection of the house and the grounds. Watch out for exposed wiring and any appliances that are broken. You should also look for damaged trees and any outlying buildings that need to be fixed.