water damage tips, you don’t really want to hear anything that doesn’t get your home dried and repaired as fast as possible. So that’s what we’re going to focus on here. All of the things you need to do, ahead of calling in Water Damage Repair Services. We know water damage can be devastating if enough moisture has entered your home in a short period of time. The truly nefarious thing about water is that it can spread rapidly and it is very unforgiving when it pools up in those places where it does not belong. The trick to mitigating the damage is to act fast to remove the water that has come flooding in. The longer you let it sit in one place, the worse the damage can get. Even more of a concern is the severity of the damage that comes from the initial damage. Water doesn’t just sit in one spot all the time.
If water comes through your roof, it gets into your attic. If water sits in your attic, it can seep through your ceiling. If water seeps through your ceiling, it can drip and drop onto your drywall and your floor. If water gets there. Well you know where this is going. That should you give you some indication of how fast water can move through your home and the damage it could cause. When moisture gets in and under your carpeting, you could be looking at water damage and the growth of mold and mildew. Simply put, water can destroy parts of your home. The costs associated with fixing or replacing these parts can be extremely high. In an effort to help you avoid some of these costly expenses and get your home back on the road to recovery faster, here are five water damage restoration tips and tricks:
1. Shut Off the Power
Before you do anything, cut the power through your home if you think there is water high enough to submerge electrical outlets. If there is less water at lower heights, then just unplug or disconnect anything electrical that may have become damaged or might be sitting water. This could increase the risk of electrocution. But always be careful around electrical devices or outlets that are in contact with water. Don’t ever walk into a room where a live current could be active in standing water.
2. Documented Proof
With any flood comes the inevitable insurance claims. Keep in mind that many insurance companies don’t offer coverage for a flood unless you have purchased a specific rider to your policy that covers it. But we’re going to assume that your policy has such coverage and your insurance company is ready to process any flood related claims. The first thing you need to do is get as many photographs as you can. Take all the pictures you can of the damage that has taken place due to the flooding. You will need these for when you file your claim, particularly if you have to explain that the flooding occurred due to a broken pipe or a faulty appliance of some kind.
3. Eliminating the Water
Now is the important part, getting the water out of your house. Depending on the amount of water you have to contend with there are different approaches that you can take. Buckets are going to be your best friend in this respect but you may want to turn to a wet-dry vac to really clean up the water quickly. For just a little water, a few inches or less, some towels and a mop should do the trick. The former will be particularly helpful for getting water out of your carpet. Be sure you really soak up as much as you can out of the carpet fibers before it seeps underneath the backing material and under the padding beneath that.
4. Consistent Air Flow
It might take you some time to get all the water out of your house. The longer you allow the water to continue standing in your home, the more likely you are to exacerbate the damage to your flooring, the carpets, the drywall, anywhere that water has reached. Which makes the next tip even more important. Air flow and lots of it will get your home dry fast. Open the windows, get as many fans in there as possible, bring in a dehumidifier, anything to reduce the level of moisture in the room.
5. Clean Up
After everything dries, start scrubbing it all with disinfectants. This will reduce the growth of bacteria leading to mold and mildew. Wet carpet and moist drywall are breeding grounds for germs and if you let them persist, the home can become very unhealthy to live in.