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Water Damage

When to call DAI’s water damage mitigation experts

When plumbing fails, or storms send water rushing into your home, soaked rugs, damaged walls, warped flooring and ruined furniture are the obvious, immediate worries, but that’s just the beginning if DAI’s water damage experts aren’t called in quickly.

DAI’s professionals are trained in water damage mitigation to reduce property damage, prevent further water damage and restore your property to its original condition.

Salvageable water-damaged items and materials require action within the first 48 hours of exposure to water.

Water mitigation techniques

  • Industrial strength, truck-mounted pumps will be used to pull standing water out of a building, then DAI’s trained professionals will identify what materials can be rescued and what has to be removed.  
  • Rapid structural drying equipment, including heavy-duty fans and dehumidifiers will efficiently reduce moisture in water damage situations, eliminating the need for extensive structural repairs and preserving more of the property owner’s belongings.

Drying out a flooded building will take several days, during which our experts will monitor, the process with moisture meters during regular inspections.

The process also prevents the spread of bacteria and mold, which can cause illnesses and compromise building materials.  

Call in DAI’s team at 401-828-0050 to get professionals on the scene as soon as possible after a plumbing or flooding emergency, then take stock of what you can do, and what you should leave for the experts when they arrive:

As soon as you’re aware of flood damage:

  • Close the water main and shut off any water source to prevent further flooding.
  • Shut down the electrical breaker in damaged areas before unplugging or removing any electrical devices from the wet or submerged areas.
  • Put aluminum foil under the legs and feet of any furniture in contact with wet carpet or water to prevent staining.
  • Lift and tack up upholstered furniture skirts.
  • Remove anything that might stain wet carpet: books, papers, fabric, shoes or potted plants.

Don’ts after you’ve discovered flood damage:

  • Don’t use your home vacuum or wet/dry vac. Electric shock is too great a risk, and home owned equipment will not prevent water from spreading into walls, under baseboards and through floor coverings.
  • Don’t place newspaper in traffic areas to walk on. Newspaper ink will permanently stain carpet.
  • Don’t walk on carpet any more than necessary. This will prevent damage from spreading.