If you’re like most homeowners, your first thought after a disaster is “What can I do to help?” and “How can I stay safe?” But you also need to focus on rebuilding your home. One of the biggest concerns for homeowners is whether or not they’ll be able to remodel their kitchen or bathroom after a flood. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer here—and that’s because every situation is different. Read on to learn how to stop and repair water damage to your home/
Stop the Source of the Water
First, stop the water. Turn off the source of water in your home. In most cases, this means turning off the main valve at your home and running it until it’s shut down completely.
If that doesn’t work or you don’t have access to a shut-off valve or can’t open your pipes due to flooding, then call an expert who is qualified to do so.
Assess the Damage and Contact Your Insurance
Next, assess the damage. Take photos and make notes to share with your insurance provider.
You’ll want to take pictures of any areas that were broken or damaged in the wall, ceiling or flooring (or anything else). This will help you document what happened and help explain why it happened so that you can get reimbursed for any repairs needed on your home’s structure or exterior surfaces.
Find Water Damage Repair Specialists
- Contact your insurance provider. This is a no-brainer, but it’s important to do so as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure that your insurance company knows about the water damage and what has been done to fix it, so they can adjust their coverage accordingly.
- Call the water damage restoration specialist or contractor you hired for this project. If you have already contacted them by email or phone, ask them if they have any questions about their role in helping secure reimbursement for your repairs (or just let them know about any changes that need to be made).
- Make sure you have all of the necessary contact information handy: names and phone numbers of everyone involved in starting up this project—and even those who aren’t directly involved yet!
Get Ready for a Remodel
Prepare for remodeling work to start on your house. Don’t wait for all of the damage to be repaired to start the remodeling process.
You can start the remodeling process while the repairs are being done. This will give you time to plan and prepare, which will help ensure that you’re happy with everything once it’s finished. You can also use this time to get quotes on remodel ideas or find contractors who specialize in your area of expertise.
If you want to get started right away, here are some things we recommend:
- Get quotes from multiple contractors so that when one quote comes back more expensive than others, there’s no need for panic—you’ll still have other options!
- Plan out what needs to get done first (and where). If a room isn’t ready yet but has already been damaged by water damage or mold growth, then getting it fixed now is probably unnecessary.
As soon as you can, start your remodel. If you are waiting on repairs and aren’t sure what the next step is to make changes to your remodel plan, talk with an architect or designer about how they might help with that process.
Our Water Damage Repair Services
Don’t let the stress of waiting for your insurance company or contractor to repair damage get in the way of enjoying your home again. Start looking into ways to get ready for remodeling as soon as possible so that when work finally begins on your home’s new look, you’ll have peace of mind knowing everything has been taken care of first. Vision Restoration Contractors can assist in the restoration of your home after water damage. Call us at (714) 926-4506.