Prevention is always better than cure and in the case of water damage, prevention is better than restoration. Water damage is a dreading situation that you would not want your house to get into. However, sometimes water damage is unavoidable and sometimes it is irrevocable. Natural calamities, like hurricanes, storms, and heavy rainfall can cause water damage. They are unavoidable. However, you can design your house in such a way that water damage during such a situation is not irrevocable.
When water damage hits you for the first time, remember to restore and redesign your house in a manner that you are trouble-free for the rest of your life. In this article, we will share a few useful restorations and redesigning tips for home after water damage.
This Should Be Your First Step
Have your home regularly inspected by a company that provides all-inclusive water restoration services. You can sign up for a periodical checkup so that you don’t miss out on any scheduled inspection visit. In fact, a regular water damage assessment will help you prevent potential water damage crisis. A round-up health checkup generally makes sure whether the plumbing system is working fine, the pipelines are sturdy, the roofs, shingles, tiles are in good condition, and there are no signs of mold growth or internal leaking (flaking walls).
We stress the term all-inclusive because you may never know what service you will require in the future. An all-inclusive water damage restoration company will provide water damage services, mold damage prevention and removal, fire damage, and asbestos removal. Make sure that the company is certified by the IICRC and employs only trained technicians for restoration works.
Restoring and Preventing Flooding
You cannot avoid natural disasters, like floods and heavy rainfall. However, you can prevent water damage due to these calamities in the following ways:
- Buy yourself a home insurance policy, especially if you live in an old building or in an area that is prone to floods. Get in touch with a reliable insurance provider.
- Keep contact numbers of nearby water damage restoration companies handy. Make sure these companies cater to emergency calls effectively.
- Have a plan-B survival home, lest you have to evacuate your house.
- Prepare and keep ready a survival kit before the storm or hurricane hits. The kit should include a torch, food, water, phone charger or power bank, thermal wears, waterproof clothes, painkillers and cough syrups, and first aid provisions.
Making Home More Resilient Against Water Damage and Flooding
You must think through the following important decisions to ensure you live in a sturdier home:
Do a renovation if your house is made out of materials that are susceptible to water damage and humidity, such as timber. Use water-resistant materials to restore and redesign your house, such as cement, bricks, and hardwood (water-resistant).
Level your home up from the ground or elevate your home if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. Consult your water damage service provider and ask their suggestion regarding this. Since elevation can be an expensive procedure, waterproof protective barriers could be a good alternative.
You can also renovate and elevate the levels of your windows, electrical installations underneath, gas entry, and electrical outage according to your home’s predicted flood level. You can hire a flood specialist to do the assessment. The review will also allow you to understand the parts of the house, which are susceptible to flooding and the necessary remediation you can take about it.
Floodproofing, electrical wiring, reinsulating, plumbing system, and pipeline replacing, mold removal, disinfecting and dehumidifying are part of restoring and redesigning process after water damage. Contact a renovation engineer and arrange for a free inspection before you invest in anything big.