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Water Damage Columbia SC

Water damage can devastate your home or business. Whether it’s the result of a natural disaster or an accident like a broken pipe, water buildup needs to be addressed immediately. If left unattended, water damage can lead to mold and mildew buildup and extensive secondary damage to your property. First Response is here 24/7 to help you deal with water damage restoration needs in Columbia, South Carolina.

Water Damage Restoration

Despite what it may look like after a major flood or plumbing break, you should never lose hope. With the help of First Response’s trained water damage experts, it’s possible to save your property and many of your most valued personal items.

One inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage.


The Clean Up Process

Even a small leak can cause extensive water damage to your property. This damage is often unseen–water builds up beneath flooring and behind walls, breaking down critical structural materials in your home or business.

First Response takes pride in our careful attention to detail in ensuring no water damage is missed. We get things right the first time, so there are no surprises down the road.

Every water damage case is different, but generally, we take the following steps:

Our technicians survey your property and assess the extent of water damage. We use sophisticated moisture detection equipment to find water hidden beneath floorboards and damp building materials.

Our technicians extract water from carpets, hardwood floors, and building materials. We also remove damaged small items and take them to our contents restoration facility. In addition, we remove all debris and unsalvageable building materials.

First Response uses industrial drying equipment to get the last drops of water out of your home. This includes hardwood floor and carpet extractors, as well as industrial fans.

Extensive cleaning is needed to ensure standing water smells and mildew don’t linger long after water is removed from the home. Our services include carpet cleaning, sanitation, odor control, and more.


Columbia, SC

What To Do If You Have Water Damage

The most important thing if your home experiences a flood, burst pipe, or sewage backup is to make sure you are safe. Water can carry harmful contaminants and cause significant health problems.

Here are some steps to take if your house has water damage:

  1. Stop the flow: If there is a plumbing break, turn off the water main as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.
  2. Turn off the electricity: If water is building up in an area with exposed outlets or wiring, turn off the breaker for that room or the entire building.
  3. DO NOT ENTER STANDING WATER: When water is from a flood or sewage line, it can be hazardous. Water can also electrocute you if it is in contact with live power. Don’t touch water unless you know it’s safe.
  4. Call your insurance agent: Let them know you have had water damage and begin the claim process immediately.
  5. Document the damage: Your insurance company will want thorough documentation of all water damage to your home, as well as a copy of all restoration bills.
  6.  Call First Response: Call our water damage restoration experts and get the cleanup process started as soon as possible to decrease the likelihood of secondary damage.
What Our Customers Are Saying
First Response of Columbia SC
Based on 8 reviews
Wes Shull
Wes Shull
01:17 29 Jul 19
Jason Snyder is awesome. I can’t say enough about him. He always goes out of his way for his customers to make sure jobs are performed awesome and in a timely manner. This company is high recommended!!!
Wes Shull
Wes Shull
01:17 29 Jul 19
Jason Snyder is awesome. I can’t say enough about him. He always goes out of his way for his customers to make sure jobs are performed awesome and in a timely manner. This company is high recommended!!!
Ryan Lucas
Ryan Lucas
22:02 13 Jun 17
First class service! My only regret was not calling them 4 or 5 hours earlier. Brian, Chris, and team were quick to assess the situation and work with me on a custom remediation plan. They explained everything, including pros and cons of the various options, clearly and completely. I hope I never need this type of service again. But, if I do, I know who to call.
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kids toys
15:01 21 Feb 17
Great service, after math recovery was great.
Stephen Shales
Stephen Shales
16:14 17 Aug 15
I have not had to used their services but I have met their staff and feel very confident they would do what they say they will do.
Amanda Duke
Amanda Duke
21:08 20 Nov 12
First Response did a superior job of remediating water damage to my home. They were the second company that I called but the only one that I will call in the future. They take their jobs seriously and completely understand the meaning and value of delivering outstanding service. Not only did they correct the problems created by the first remediation company, but they went above and beyond to ensure that their work was done properly and expertly. Robert and Josh and the entire team earn my highest recommendations for service and expertise.
Christina Myers
Christina Myers
19:53 31 Oct 12
May 31, 2012 my husband and I were notified that we were being forced to move out of our home, at no fault of our own. Needless to say, this news caused a lot of stress for us! My employer, Robert Pulliam - President of First Response, understood the emotions I was going through and offered the company's services to assist in the process of moving. He also allowed me the time off needed to prepare for the move. My husband and I worked diligently over the next month to have everything packed up and ready to be moved out. On the afternoon of June 29th, Robert and a couple of our co-workers came to our home and moved everything out. It was such a tremendous blessing to have the extra man-power!! First Response has extraordinary leadership and support staff, and I am certainly proud to be part of such an amazing group of people!

Certified Water Damage Restoration Company

First Response is certified by the IICRC, one of the leading names in the restoration industry. This means we carry out every restoration project to the highest standards of professionalism. We will get your restoration job done right the first time and save you the headache of secondary damage popping up down the road.

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Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia is the capital of South Carolina. It is home to over 134,000 people, making it the second largest city in South Carolina. Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina State House, and Fort Jackson. The city has been the capital of South Carolina since 1786, when a bill moved the capital from Charleston to Columbia.

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