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What to Do If You Have Water Damage

Signs of water damage can range from foul-smelling odors, sagging ceilings, warped floors, or even yellow spots. Once you spot water damage, it is important to act fast to minimize damage and preserve unaffected materials. Keep reading to learn what you should do immediately after discovering water damage and how the professionals at GO CLEANCO can help.

Act Quickly

At the first sign of water damage, you should shut off your water supply to avoid further damage. You should also cut your electricity off in case the water reached any outlets or wires that could cause electrocution. It’s important to act fast as the more time water damage sits, the greater the cost to repair and clean up.

Find Source of Leak

Water leaks can be categorized as clean water, gray water, and black water. Clean water comes from places like sink pipes and other potable sources. Gray water is slightly dirtier coming from washing machines and dishwashers. Black water, the most contaminated of the three, comes from sewer lines transporting sewage. A professional cleaning company should be utilized for at the very least for black water damage remediation.

Inspect for Serious Damage

Leaking water can cause a myriad of damage, but you should first be looking for signs of mold due to moisture. Mold can cause serious health issues if left untreated, and it’s a good idea to have a professional company experienced in mold removal to handle the job. GO CLEANCO is experienced in safely removing all instances of mold from a space.

Remove Moisture

The next step is removing all water and moisture in the area to avoid further damage and mold growth. We will completely dry out the space before we begin cleaning the damaged area. Air circulation and dehumidification are key components in the stage of the process.

Remove and Replace Damaged Areas

Any damaged areas should be removed as soon as possible as well to avoid further damage. Removing damaged sheetrock, furniture, or flooring can also uncover additional damage that was previously unseen.

Disinfect Damaged Areas

After all water and moisture has been removed from the area and damage has been restored, it is important to disinfect any area that came in contact with the water leak, especially if it is gray or black water. Sanitize and disinfect the space to avoid health issues.


GO CLEANCO is a full-service cleanup and restoration company serving residential and commercial customers after disasters. Whether it’s damage from water, fire, or wildlife, we can restore your home or business quickly and efficiently. Since our founding in 2009, GO CLEANCO has built a strong reputation for providing exceptional service with professionalism, expertise, and timeliness.