Dealing with water damage at home is one of the most stressful and unsettling situations that there can be. Within minutes, a wide range of destruction can wreak disastrous effects on your property and its contents. It can be difficult to think and act proactively amidst so much unforeseen chaos. However, whether a pipe has broken or a natural storm has inflicted damage to your home, there are some ways to mitigate deterioration while waiting on the professionals to arrive. It is most imperative though that every precaution should be taken to remain safe. Water damage can be such a comprehensive and dangerous situation to navigate and safety always needs to be front of mind.
Turn Off Electricity
The combination of water and electricity can be deadly. If you are able to cut off your electrical source before water reaches it, this is most ideal. Protective clothing or gear, like high rubber boots and gloves, should be worn if possible and using a non-conductive piece of material, like a long piece of wood, to switch things off is also suggested. If it is not possible to reach the source without wading through flood waters, it is best to wait for a professional to do this for you.
Remove Water And Dry Out
If the water source has subsided and there is a relatively small amount of water, you may try to remove as much of the excess from the area as possible; wet vacuums work best. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage and can make a big difference in the breadth of your restoration.
Unfortunately, with water damage comes the high potential for mold and bacteria growth. In as little as 24 hours, mold can begin to develop. Once the excess water has been removed, thorough drying becomes critical. Ventilation and fans are incredibly helpful in this process as well as a humidifier.
Sort And Sanitize
If you have not already done so, move unaffected belongings or valuables to higher or protected ground as water can damage most anything pretty quickly. You may also be able to begin to sort through items that are not able to be salvaged. It is helpful to keep in mind when sorting that even though some items may not look visibly retainable, great results can be achieved through content restoration.
Once you’ve got a good starting idea of your inventory, it is important to sanitize remaining salvageable items. Anything that has come into contact with flood waters will need to be completely dried and cleaned to reduce the risk of mold and mildew.
At Kill Mold, we know that dealing with water damage can be a nightmare. Your safe return home is important to us and we will work as quickly as possible to ensure that your water damage restoration is handled in the most complete and efficient way. If you’ve been affected by water damage, we’re available 24/7.
For a consultation and to schedule an appointment contact us today at 833-545-6653