Water damage will affect almost every home at some point, and of course the best chance for proper remediation is found in the steps that are taken immediately following the discovery of the problem. It is always important to begin the restoration process as soon as possible in order to avoid long term problems, but it is equally important to make the right steps in the right order, and also know what not to do. Ergo, a few basics:
Resist the urge to vacuum wet carpets or floors. Vacuum cleaners are not built for this task and you run the risk of receiving a considerable electrical shock. Water removal requires the use of shop vac units or gas powered industrial grade pumps.
If you find standing water, do not enter the area. The electricity may still be on….again, running the risk of electrical shock.
Begin the drying process by turning on all fans, blower, and AC units throughout the house. Ac should be set at the lowest possible temp. If the water damage occurred during winter months, then activate the heating unit. Use towels or mops or both to blot up as much water as you can. You won’t be able to get all of the water up this way, but you will get most of it.
Rugs and carpets may have to be lifted and removed to dry flat outside in order to get all of the water out. Carpets may gain considerable weight when saturated, and can lose their shape if not allowed to dry flat.
Any wet fabrics should be placed outside for drying. Gather up any valuables, important documents, and photos to dry in a safe place. In some cases, professional restoration will be needed to salvage such items. Damp books should be spread out to dry.
If the outside temperature is warm and dry, open as many doors and windows as possible to facilitate the drying process. This maintains air circulation, which is crucial for the drying process.
As always, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Drymeout.com for fast, efficient water damage restoration services.