Cleaning Water Damage Made Easy
Given the choice between cleaning fire damage and cleaning
flood damage, I’ll take the fire any day. Fire has the common courtesy to keep
itself confined to one area, and while it may be a pain, is fairly easy to
clean up and repair. Water on the other
hand, not only does damage where it stands for as long as it stands, but also
manages to do damage in areas that we may not initially think to look. Overlooking those problems can lead to
thousands of dollars in additional costs.
Water damage restoration is somewhat of an exact science,
requiring certain steps be taken in a certain order, with dire consequences if
they are not. A few basic tips for you
to consider as you clean up after water damage:
In the event of a water damage problem, locate the source of
the water and shut it off, or plug it, or repair it. Removing the water does no good if you have
more coming in.
Shut off all electricity and gas to the home. Electricity and water do not mix, and you
don’t want a sudden power surge while you are standing in a flood zone.
You’ll need to remove the excess water. Water extraction is done with pumps and
wet-dry vacuum units. Secondary drying
can be accomplished by circulating as much air as possible. Open windows and doors, and use fans and
blowers to remove moisture from the air and various surfaces.
To clean up water damage carpet, take up the carpet and dry
it outside, thoroughly. Have it
professionally cleaned and deodorized.
Don’t forget to dry and treat the flooring underneath.
Keep an eye out for mold, which can sprout up within a few
days of water damage. Cleaning mold is a
very difficult process, and best undertaken by a professional.
For best results, contact your local water damage repair
company. They are available 24/7 to
serve you and your family.
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