Water damage to your home or business can come at any time from a number of issues. Most often people think of floodwater damage from storms, but that is just one scenario. You can have a leaking or burst pie that floods your home. An equipment malfunction or faulty tubing can cause your washer, dishwasher, or even your HVAC unit to breakdown and result in serious water damage by flooding your home. You could even be a victim of fire, and water damage was an unhappy result of the firefighters’’ gallant actions to save your home. No matter what the cause, when dealing with water damage, time is of the essence. You need to act quickly to ensure that your property is dried promptly, properly, and absolutely. The health of your family, and state of your home could very well depend on it. this guide will help navigate these treacherous waters, and hopefully, save your belongings.
- Check the situation for safety – Are your surroundings dangerous? There could be live electrical, gas, chemicals, hidden hazards, or even animals like snakes in the water. Don’t “wade in” anywhere! Shut off all the utilities, and wait for the water to subside before entering a flooded area. If you must help it drain, open all doors and windows, and use pumps (plunged into extension cords run from a safe area).
- One the water has gone- Gather loose items and trash from floors, clear any valuable art pieces, books etc., and Remove the excess water with mops, sponges, and rags. Wipe down all furniture and Remove any upholsted items. Remove any area rugs, curtain, throws, or other cloth items. Use fans and dehumidifiers (run from extension cords at a safe location) to completely dry the room.
- Hang to dry all the cloth items you have removed from the room to dry place books and like objects in the sun or a breeze to dry.
Never leave cloth items, upholster furniture or paper goods like books and the like in the room, this will heighten the possibility of mold growth. Never use ceiling fans or overhead lights until you know the drywall isn’t saturated. Keeping your family safe is paramount. Even after you have dried the area, you may have to remove walls (drywall) and carpeting because of mold danger.
Once you have cleared/dried the room to the best of your ability, you must clean it with a mold killing disinfectant like bleach. Next to structural damage, mold is the greatest danger you can face from water damage.
If your damage is so severe that you feel overcome by it, don’t despair! Call a professional cleaning service that specializes in water damages. Nothing is more important than your family and your home. The safety of both is too crucial to trust to chance. A professional service will come to your aid with the right equipment, and all the knowledge to do the job right.