Cleaning Water Damage
Cleaning up water damage is never as easy as it sounds. If you don’t believe me, just think back to
the last time you spilled a liquid of any kind on your carpet, and the amount
of time you spent cleaning that up back to a point where it looks remotely
presentable. Even the so-called “easy”
cases are fairly difficult.
Now imagine a scenario where a local river overflows its
banks, rages through your neighborhood, and leaves you standing in six inches
of water. Are you still going to think
that cleaning water damage is an easy task?
But it can be done.
The key is to take the proper steps in the proper order, preferably as
soon as possible after the damage has occurred.
Failure to be thorough can result in additional problems down the road
and thousands of dollars in extra repair costs.
To clean up after water damage, you should first shut off
all utilities to the residence.
Electricity and water do not mix, and you do not want to be poking
around in water when the power decides to come back on.
Open all windows and doors to get air flowing and
circulating throughout your home. This
helps to facilitate drying. Using pumps
or wet-dry vacs, remove all excess or standing water from the damaged
area. Be sure to pump it out through a
sink or drainage vent; pumping it out into your yard will accomplish nothing.
Once the excess is out, surprise! Surfaces and carpets will still be wet to the
touch, as they retain a good level of moisture.
You will need to use fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers to remove the
leftover moisture from surfaces and the surrounding air. A digital moisture meter will help you know
when moisture levels are back within normal parameters.
Do not attempt any subsequent repairs until all surfaces are
completely dried out.
You should contact your local water damage repair
professionals for a complete range of water damage restoration services,
including flood damage repair, mold removal, carpet cleaning, disinfecting,
sanitizing, and reconstruction. They are
available 24/7 to serve your family’s needs.
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