Next Steps After Water Damage - What Happens Now?

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Practice, as the saying goes, makes perfect. But there are some things in life that—if you’re lucky—you may never do, or only do once. When disaster strikes and water damage affects your home or business, you may not know the next steps by heart. After all, this was an unexpected catastrophe, one you may never have been through before.

At FP Property Restoration, we’ve helped countless families and businesses get back on their feet after water damage strikes. We even earned a Sedgwick Catastrophe Response Award for our prompt, expert damage restoration services in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, & Michael.

In order of importance, here’s what you should do in the aftermath and what your trusted water damage restoration company will do next to get you back to life uninterrupted!

Next Steps After Water Damage to your Home or Business

Step 1 - Ensure Safety

Walls, carpets, and belongings can all be replaced. Your life and the lives of your family or employees aren’t as easy to restore. After water damage strikes, no matter its cause—a burst pipe, hurricane, or flood—the first step is to make sure that everyone is safe and accounted for. Use these tips to stay safe in the aftermath of a flood. After you’re safe and sound, you can move on to restoring your property quickly.

Step 2 - Call For Water Damage Cleanup

Time is of the essence after water damage affects your home or business. Every minute you wait, water finds new ways into your property, damaging the structure, your equipment, your belongings, and even the foundation itself. 

FP Property Restoration can be on-site in 60 minutes or sooner. We arrive with the latest truck-mounted water extraction units and all necessary equipment to save your building and belongings. 

If you’ve experienced water damage, don’t wait to call us at (888) 408-2335.

Step 3 - Analyze & Remove Water

Once on-site, FP Restoration professionals will assess the damage, remove standing water from your structure, and erect temporary repairs to prevent further damage. At this time, we’ll speak with you and your insurance provider to coordinate our efforts and get you the funds you need to rebuild.

Step 4 - Thermal Inspection & Documentation

Next up, your dedicated Project Manager will deploy infrared thermal inspection technology to get a full picture of the water damage. Thermal inspection tech sees water damage that’s invisible to the naked eye, providing us with a comprehensive understanding so that we can match it with a water extraction plan of action. 

Step 5 - Contents Removal, Salvage, & Cleaning

Once we understand the full extent of damage to your home or business, we’ll remove the contents, saving what we can and discarding what’s been too badly damaged. We document every piece we remove from your building and keep you in the loop so that you’re aware of what’s happening 100% of the time.

Step 6 - Structural Material Removal

For the best and quickest results, we’ll need to remove all affected materials from the structure itself. Drywall, carpets, trim work, and other damaged features may not be salvageable. By removing these wet items, we can speed the drying process along.

Step 7 - Structural Drying & Dehumidification

To support rapid drying and prevent mold growth, FP Property Restoration deploys air movers throughout your building and begins the dehumidification process to pull moisture from the air. Once each room or area is dried and dehumidified, equipment is shifted to support other areas for the quickest and most comprehensive return to normal.

Step 8 - Restoration & Return to Life as Normal

Once your home or business has been certified as dry, the restoration process can begin. With detailed documentation from a preferred damage restoration provider, you should have an easy time securing the funds you need to rebuild your property and return to life, uninterrupted. 

FP Restoration can remain on-site to make any necessary repairs. As a full-service restoration company, we have the expertise, experience, and equipment to take your home or business from ruins to completely renovated with just one call.

Let Us Handle Your Water Damage from Start to Finish

In the weeks and months that follow the restoration of your property, you may have additional concerns about mold testing, mold remediation, or storm preparedness. At FP Property Restoration, we’ll help you through every step of the water damage recovery and restoration process so that you can get back to life and business with the utmost confidence.

For free mold inspections or full-service water damage restoration any time day or night, 24/7, 365, call us today at (888) 408-2335. We can be on-site in 60 minutes or sooner and we’ll stick around until you're back to your life, uninterrupted!

Get Back on Two Dry Feet ASAP With FP Property Restoration Nationwide

Most people won’t have to deal with water damage in their lifetimes, but depending on where you live, you may be more susceptible than others to the ravages of storms or rising waters. As your trusted, full-service restoration company, FP is here to walk you through the next steps with constant compassion and communication until the job is done. For water damage in Pensacola, water damage in Sarasota, or any community beyond or between, call us today at (888) 408-2335. We’ll get you back to life as you know and love it with minimal disruption and maximum efficiency. 

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