Water damage is one of the worst events that can occur in the home. Whether it’s one room or the majority of your home that has been affected, it can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to water damage restoration. We’ve received many questions about water damage over the years, so we’ve taken the time to answer some of the most common questions we receive in today’s post.

Midwest Restoration Services is Batavia’s Top Rated Local® restoration company. We can help you restore your home and belongings from fire damage, smoke damage, mold damage, and other disasters. We’re available 24/7, so get in touch with us immediately if your home has been affected by a disaster of any kind. Continue reading below to learn more about water damage restoration.

Do I Really Need to Hire a Restoration Company? 

Yes! Hiring a restoration company is the only way to ensure that your home and belongings are thoroughly inspected. Water will often soak through your floor and into your walls and foundation, and it’s far too easy for the average homeowner to overlook this form of damage. You don’t want to take any unnecessary risks with mold or structural damage, so err on the side of caution and get in touch with a restoration company as soon as you discover that your home has been damaged by water.

Is My Home Safe to Enter Once the Water Has Been Removed?

The answer to this question will depend on the extent of the damage, but in general, you should always wait until your restoration company has approved your home for entry. Even if it’s just your kitchen or basement that has been affected, the industrial fans and chemicals used to treat the damage may prevent you from staying in your home during the restoration process. Check with your insurance company to see if your insurance plan offers reimbursement for alternative living options.

Will I Have to Replace My Carpet? 

Like the previous question, the answer depends on the extent of the damage. Carpets that have been saturated by clean water can often be salvaged if you contact a restoration company immediately, but carpets that have been wet for an extended period of time or soaked with sewage will almost always have to be replaced. Even if your carpets have been treated immediately, thick shag carpets have a high risk of developing mold, so speak with your damage restoration expert about your specific circumstances.

Should I Open My Doors and Windows to Speed up the Process?

No, you should always keep your doors and windows closed during the restoration process, unless we tell you otherwise. Our damage restoration plans are designed to create the optimal conditions for drying the affected area of your home, and opening your doors and windows could significantly affect the process. As a general rule, never change the conditions in your home by running the air conditioner, heater, or opening any areas of your home without speaking with us first.

What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Water Damage?

Like most disasters, water damage is almost always unexpected, but there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of it occurring in your home:

  • Check to ensure that your major appliances are working properly and that the water connections are tight. This includes your dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, and refrigerator.
  • Check underneath the sinks in your home for signs of deterioration. Warped wood, cracked pipes, and condensation are all signs that your plumbing needs to be inspected.
  • Watch your water bills closely. A sudden increase in your water usage could be an indication of a leak.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows how to shut off the flow of water to your home — every second matters when it comes to preventing water damage.

We hope that this post will help you in the event that you ever need to call us for water damage restoration in Batavia. Watch our blog page for future posts in which we’ll continue to provide you with information about our restoration services, and don’t wait to call Midwest Restoration Services at 630-761-8100 if your home or belongings have been damaged by a disaster of any kind.