Cleaning Water Damage The Right Way
Water damage restoration is a process that should begin as
soon as possible after the onset of a water related problem. The reason is simple; water continues to
cause damage until it is treated and removed. And you don’t want to find
yourself cleaning mold damage as well due to a failure to act swiftly.
To clean up after water damage begins with shutting off the
flow, if possible. Find the source of
the water and close it or repair it, whatever it takes to stop the inflow. Cleaning flood damage may be trickier since
you have to wait for the flood waters to subside somewhat.
The water will need to be extracted from the damaged
area. This is done using pumps or
wet-dry vacs, with secondary drying accomplished through the use of fans,
blowers, basically anything that can circulate air. All surfaces will need to be completely dry
to avoid mold growth.
To clean up water damage carpet, the carpet will need to be
taken up, damaged padding thrown out, and the floors beneath properly dried and
cleaned. Let the carpet dry outside, and
be sure to let it dry flat. Failure to
do so may result in difficulty re-installing it later on. Carpet that has been wet for less than 48
hours is usually salvageable.
If you find traces of mold, deal with it immediately. If the growth is widespread, call a
professional. Cleaning mold brings a
number of health risks with it, and it is wise to leave it to someone versed in
the art of mold remediation.
Water damage repair is somewhat of an exact science, and
should be undertaken by those who know how to execute it. Your local IICRC certified water damage
repair company is available 24/7 to serve all your water restoration
needs. Call today for a free estimate.
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