Water damage or flooding can affect the structure and appearance of your home. It is important to begin the restoration process as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage. Follow these five steps after water damage or flooding occurs to ensure your home does not sustain permanent damage.
Use the Following 5 Steps to Deal with Water Damage and Flooding
- Safety First
The most important thing to do after water damage or flooding has occurred is to ensure the safety of you and your family. Before re-entering your house or going near water-damaged areas you need to assess the threat. Be cautious of any visible structural damage that could be potentially dangerous such as loosened or cracked foundation, holes, and warping. Also consider the source of the water, is the water contaminated or is it from a clean source? After you have determined that it is safe, be sure to turn off all water sources related to the damage and electrical sources near the water in order to prevent electric shock through contact.
Before attempting to remove the water in your house, make sure that you are wearing proper safety gear. This includes, but is not limited to, rubber gloves, waterproof boots, and waterproof clothing. These items will be particularly important if the water is deep and/or contaminated by sewage or household chemicals.
- Attempt to Stop or Remove the Water
To the best of your ability, attempt to prevent further water damage by stopping the water at its source. If the leak is coming from an accessible source such as an appliance or toilet, do what you can to stop it from further leaking onto floors or walls.
Use household supplies such as towels, mops, and buckets, to soak up the water or collect it in a contained manner. Preventing additional water from spilling into the area will help prevent permanent damage. Also, try to let air circulate in the area by opening doors and windows. Starting the drying process in the area as soon as possible will help prevent lasting damage.
- Clear Your Personal Belongings
After removing as much water as you can, it is essential to remove your personal belongings from wet areas in order to limit the chances of permanent water damage and prevent staining. Clearing out your personal belongings will make any needed restoration of your home faster and easier.
- Take Care of Mold Damage
One of the biggest effects of water damage is the growth of mold. Mold grows quickly – within 24 to 48 hours. A professional mold remediation service will help you to assess mold growth and remove it properly and quickly. DIY treatments may get rid of the appearance of mold, but a licensed mold remediation company will fully and safely remove mold from your home without risk to you.
- Call a Professional Service
While there are steps you can take in order to ease the amount of water damage after a flood or pipe failure, it is important to call a professional restoration company to truly return your home to its best condition. A professional service will ease the process as they have a dedicated team, professional equipment, and knowledge of water damage restoration. With certifications from OSHA and IICRC among others, a professional service will restore your home using sensitive moisture-detecting meters, HEPA approved equipment, and processes that prevent cross-contamination.
The professionals at CLEAR Restoration have extensive knowledge and experience in flood and water damage restoration. Using a professional company such will give you your best chance at returning your home to its original state. Call CLEAR Restoration today to lessen the effects of water damage and ensure that your home is restored properly.