How can you prioritize safety during a water damage emergency

During a water emergency, ensuring safety should be the highest priority. Whether the water damage is through a burst pipe, flooding, or any other water-related disaster, knowing how to navigate the situation safely can prevent an increase in damage and potential harm.  

At Go Pro Restoration in Ottawa, we understand the urgency and importance of safeguarding your lives and property during such crises. Our damage restoration experts have some insights on how to prioritize safety for you and your family amidst a water damage emergency. 

Key Steps to Ensure Safety During a Water Damage Emergency

An emergency involving water damage can be chaotic, stressful, scary and, without the right approach, full of risks and unexpected harm. So be sure to consider these few tips to prioritize your safety: 

Assess the Situation: If you can safely get to it, turn off the water source. Make sure you are watching for any electrical hazards, structural damage and contamination. If you are unsure if the area is safe, leave it and wait for a professional restoration team to inspect the damage and secure the building.

Protect Yourself: Wear good personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the affected space. This includes rubber gloves, boots and safety goggles. Water damage can cause pathogens and contaminants to enter the area, and you need to protect yourself against the potential health risk. 

Call the Experts: Now that everyone is safe, contact a reputable restoration company, like Go Pro Restoration in Ottawa. Expert water damage restorers are trained professionals, who use appropriate, specialized equipment, and have the experience to help prevent secondary damages and  restore your property safely and quickly. 

How can a water damage restoration company help you?

When you’re dealing with damage from a water emergency, you may not know how to do everything required to restore your property and get your life back on track – you may not even know what you need to do or where to start. That’s why you need to bring a water damage restoration company to help you take care of: 

  • Document the Damage: When you’re going through the process of filing an insurance claim, so much of it is dependent on documentation. We will take photos or videos of the water damage as well as get accurate moisture readings of damaged building materials. The more evidence you can provide, the quicker your claim will be.  
  • Prevent Mold Growth: Mold growth is usually considered secondary damage and not covered by insurance. This is even more reason to prevent mold from growing in the first place and causing hazardous health problems and additional costs.  
  • Dispose of Contaminated Items: To prevent sewage-carried bacteria and pathogens from spreading, we will dispose of contaminated materials safely. Sewage-flooded items require special handling. 
  • Get Your House Back: We will move quickly to remove wet building materials and disinfect the affected areas. We will bring in fans and dehumidifiers to circulate air and dry out the surface.  

Above all else, we want everyone to remember the importance of safety during and after an emergency involving water damage. By taking the recommended precautions and contacting the professional restoration experts at Go Pro Restoration in Ottawa, we can help prevent further damage and quickly restore your property.