Regardless of the cause, water infiltrating your house is a huge hassle. Up from the drains, through a crack in your basement wall, or via a damaged room, it is a headache you don’t need.
But once you have found water in your home, what do you do? Are you familiar with water damage cleanup?
Don’t be caught with your pants down! Know what to do if you find yourself standing in water where it does not belong.
The below guide is a great place to start. We will take you through the basic steps in cleaning up water damage.
Before the cleanup starts, ensure the area you’re cleaning up is safe. Look for structural damage, if applicable, and make sure your electricity to the area shut off. Are there fire hazards or gas leaks present?
If you cannot be certain that you can handle any of these items: STOP! Call a professional immediately.
If you are certain that it is safe to work in the area, wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection. If water has been sitting, or you are working in an area that has had mold issues before, wear a respirator.
- Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or vinegar.
- Be watchful for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
Inspecting the Water Damage
Once your safety is certain, it is time to look at where and what the damage is. Your first mission: get the area dry.
Flooring, especially, is a sticky wicket to handle after removing the water. You will have to evaluate options to discover if you can save it.
If water has reached the walls, or come through them, you must ventilate them as fast as possible. Water mold, once in the walls, can create more issues well past the initial flood damage.
Remove any damaged wall or baseboard material at least 2 inches above where the damage stops. Your aim is to keep any mold growth from starting.
Furniture & Appliances
Whether you can save it or not, remove and handle furniture separately. You can find a guide on taking care of your furniture here.
Electrical appliances are another issue altogether. First, ensure they are safe to handle for removal.
Next, you have to evaluate if they are good for continued use. Check out this handy guide for further advice.
Mold, the Continuing Struggle of Water Damage Cleanup
After prolonged exposure to water, you have weeks and month of preventive work to do. What’s next?
Air circulation is the first line of defense. Dehumidifying the air is a must as the evaporating water needs to somewhere to go.
If you don’t have access to air conditioning, open your doors and windows. Use a fan to enhance circulation.
If any items begin to mildew, take them outside for cleaning or disposal. The sun is a great cleanser and enhances drying.
Bring in the Professionals
While minor water damage cleanup is pretty easy to handle, if you have a major leak or standing water, you need help. Even if you are handy, there is much to gain from those with expertise in dealing with water damage.
With the negative health effects of water mold being what they are, do you want to jeopardize your future? Our personal touch, transparency, and need to do what is right is the guarantee you need. Get in touch with us today and we can help fix the problem.