Water is not only wet and unpleasant. It can do serious damage if it gets inside your house, ruining flooring, carpeting, furniture, and possessions beyond repair. If any electronics come in contact with water, they will have to be replaced. Flood water or even slight dampness can lead to trouble such as mold, which can ruin everything it touches and trigger air quality problems. You should, therefore, clean up your home as soon as possible after water damage.
First Stages of Water Damage Cleanup
Acting fast can help reduce the water damage to your home. Since you can’t stop the water, you can move items out of the way, and pull up carpets, area rugs, and under padding. You may save a carpet if you move it away before the water overtakes it. Turn off the power if the water threatens to rise above the electrical outlets; any electronics in the way should be disconnected and moved to a dry location.
How to Clean Up Water in the Home
There are many ways to remove water from inside your house. Sometimes buckets, mops, and towels will do the trick. You can fill up buckets and pour the water outside or down drain, if the plumbing is working. Towels and mops are great at soaking up water.
You can also use a wet/dry vacuum if there is an outlet located in a dry area. In the case of floods, extension cords are not recommended since they can come in contact with water and short out unexpectedly. A sump pump is another technology that can help; if you have a basement flood or water has inundated another part of your house, you can rent a pump from a hardware store to remove the water and let the area dry out.
To dry out an area that’s already been mopped, a dehumidifier and fan can eliminate any remaining dampness. Also try opening the windows if it is not raining. This will allow air to circulate and speed up the drying process.
Should drywall be affected by water, it will have to be cut away and removed because it will start to crumble. The paper backing will provide a food source for mold. Wood can sometimes be salvaged, but baseboard trim and pressboard most often is ruined and must be replaced.
Consider Safety First
Cleaning up home water damage can expose you to many dangers. For one, there may be bacteria, so you want to use a disinfectant when areas have dried out. Apply disinfectants to walls, wood, un-upholstered furniture, insulation, drywall, and wood beams. Also, be conscious of how you dispose of items; organize what you can take to a recycling center and be sure any toxic liquids or compounds are safely disposed of. Lastly, consider Metropolitan Contractors water damage services for a professional clean up, ensuring that everything affected by water inside your home is taken care of and damaged items such as toxic substances, electronics, and furniture are properly disposed of.