Water Damage at Home


From broken refrigerators to broken roofs, water damage changes in origin and scale. No matter how it comes from, it can cause severe harm to the foundation and fixtures indoors. Floors, walls and other surfaces are prone to mold and mildew growth after taking on water. If your home experiences water damage, get the professionals from Paul Davis of Gaithersburg.

Before the Pros Arrive

It can be tempting to try and fix the water damage yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the job up to the specialists. However, there are some things you can do before the Paul Davis crew arrives. You need to move quickly to salvage the possessions in your home from water damage.

First you need to evaluate the condition of your home. It’s common knowledge that water and electricity are hazardous together, so look for electrical hazards nearby before you begin cleanup. Bare wires or damp electronics can be a threat, even when appliances have been turned off. We suggest shutting off all breakers and circuits to ensure total safety.

Salvaging Items & your Home

A severe flood in Gaithersburg can leave everything dampened. To prevent water damage from harming small items, relocate them before large furniture. Paper and inked things like books need a level, dry surface. Lamps, knickknacks and other display items should also be removed. The big work begins when you’ve removed magazines and other small items.

To start the drying process, we recommend fans throughout your house to channel air around the area. Dry all smaller pools and sitting water with a wet mop or towels. Though you may want to try, don’t use a regular home vacuum to clean water. Standard vacuums aren’t equipped to clean up bodies of water. When you’re ready to move furniture, raise up larger pieces such as heavy chairs using wooden and cement blocks to above them above the wet areas.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. The additional weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur hard to dry. If you need to move a carpet, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the affected area to dry thoroughly. Depending on the severity of water damage in your home, you may not be able to keep every piece of fabric you own.

Your property’s foundation and floors aren’t impervious to water weight either. Ceilings and floors can warp when they absorb too much water weight, it’s best to avoid these areas.

Why Call Paul?

Paul Davis service masters know water damage. With a little professionals arrive speeds up the restoration process. We know how to return your house back to normal safely and quickly. Our pros have worked with a range of flood conditions in different types of home and commercial properties around Gaithersburg. Additionally, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.