What You Should Do When You Home Has Suffered Water Damage:Tips For You
When your home has suffered water damage, either from a burst pipe or flooding due to unusually high amounts of rainfall, you may wonder what steps you can and should take to begin to get your home back on track and looking and functioning great. After the initial shock of a waterlogged home has worn off a little, it is time to get to work and take the steps necessary to overcome water damage and to ensure that the integrity of your home (and the health of your family) does not suffer because of it.
Get As Much Water Out As Possible And Dry Everything Out ASAP
Getting the water out of your home can and should be your first priority. How you do this depends on the systems you already have in place in your home as well as the amount of water that you now have in your home. If you have sump pumps, make sure they are running and pulling the water out of the house. Put on protective clothing and start using buckets, bowls or other containers to collect water and remove it to the outside.
You can also rent a gas-powered pump to get large amount sof water out of your basement or elsewhere in your home where flooding occurred. And, of course, you can always call a professional to help you drain the flooded waters out of your home. Once the bulk of the water is gone and the outlets in the area are safe to use, the next step will be to dry everything out. This means you will want to open any windows that have direct access to the area and run as many fans as possible to blow dry air onto carpets, furniture, walls, and floors that were water-logged. Use a dehumidifier to get the moisture out of the air as well.
Begin Water Damage Restoration
A flooded home can lead to serious problems with mold, mildew, and an overall mustiness that is unpleasant and unhealthy. As such, once the water is out and you have begun drying everything out, you need to start thinking about water damage restoration.
Drying your carpets and furniture will help to prevent large colonies of mold from developing, for example. However, this does not mean that they are clean. The flood water was not pure, clean water and may have contaminated your items with bacteria and other microorganisms. Thorough, deep cleaning is necessary to ensure the health and safety of your family when using these items again.
If you want to deep clean these items yourself, you can do so with rented carpet and furniture cleaning equipment and powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial cleansers. A water damage restoration service like Althouse Restore can also come in and take care of these tasks for you. They have equipment to test for mold infestations and to act swiftly to prevent that mold from growing and spreading out of control, not only in furniture and carpets, but in and on your other floors, walls, ceilings and more.
Now that you know a few of the steps to take after your home has suffered water damage, you can get started right away.