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What You Should Know About Water Damage Cleanup

water damage cleanupWhile it may seem like you will never experience a flood, a burst water pipe, or have an appliance that leaves your home flooded, water damage is all too common a problem. And knowing what to do, who to call, and what you shouldn’t do can be the difference between a major loss and a water damage restoration project.

Swift Restoration and Cleaning provides water damage cleanup to the Ogden area, and is available to respond to any water damage emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you home suffers water damage, it is essential that cleanup begins as soon as possible to reduce your damages and to prevent mold growth. Don’t hesitate to call, or you may find your losses and your cleanup costs increasing.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Ogden

Water damage can happen to anyone, anytime. Common causes of water damage include frozen, burst or broken pipes; household appliances like clothes washers, refrigerators and dishwashers; overflowing sinks, bathtubs or toilets; and extreme weather and flooding.

Tips for Preventing Water Damage

Knowing and understanding the common causes of water damage and your risks of experiencing water damage can help you take steps to prevent water damage in your home. Here are some things you should know:

  • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing, and open cabinet doors under sinks when temperatures fall to extreme levels
  • Turn off water supply lines to appliances when you will be away for an extended period of time
  • Locate and know how to turn off your main water valves
  • Identify a water damage cleanup professional you can call in the event of an emergency

Water Damage Cleanup Can be Dangerous

Water damage can sometimes cause other problems, and Ogden homeowners should be aware of the potential hazards that may be present following water damage and during water damage cleanup. Many of these hazards will not be obvious, and can cause serious injury or illness.

  • Risk of Electrical Shock – Turn off electricity to the affected area, unplug appliances, and do not enter an area that has electricity and is flooded, as the water may carry an electrical current. Do not use outlets in the affected area until an electrician has inspected them.
  • Potential Gas Leak – Gas leaks may accompany water damage, especially in the event of flooding. Gas can accumulate and cause an explosion. If you smell gas, get out and call your utility’s emergency hotline.
  • Cleaning Chemicals and Toxic Gasses – If you begin cleanup yourself, be careful with the chemicals you use to clean. Do not mix chemicals, read the labels, and ventilate the area as best as possible. Mixing certain chemicals can release toxic gasses.

Working With a Water Damage Cleanup Professional

If you choose to hire a professional water damage cleanup company, make sure they have the necessary training and insurance. An honest company will have no problem answering any questions you may have about their experience and training, water damage cleanup processes, and insurance coverage.

Swift Restoration and Cleaning in Odgen has specialized training and equipment to quickly and efficiently dry your home following water damage. Our water damage cleanup process focuses on saving existing materials so we can reduce the amount of time you are displaced and to keep water damage cleanup costs down. Water damage cleanup is an extensive process that involves removing the water, drying the structure and contents, and disinfecting the area so it is safe once again for you, your family, and your pets. If water damage cleanup is not performed correctly, you could be increasing your cleanup costs and delaying the outcome.

If you live in the Ogden area and are in need of water damage cleanup services, contact us at Swift Restoration and Cleaning. Our emergency team is ready anytime, day or night, to respond to your water damage emergency.