Water damage in the house can occur due to floods, water leaks, broken plumbing, clogged up drains and water gaining access into the house during rains. It is important that swift action is taken if water damage is to be kept to the minimum and contained easily. It is recommended that you let the professionals handle water damage cleanup and restoration for you but for those ardent DIYers it is possible to do a proper water damage cleanup by following the tips we have outlined here for you.
Stop the Water - The first thing you should do is stop the water if it is still gaining access to the house. If it is due to a leak or a broken pipe, close the water at the mains so that there isn't any water flowing. Stopping the water keeps the damage to the minimum and also makes it easy to remove the water which is the next thing you should do.
Remove the Water - the water in the house should then be removed and quickly. You should use all the means necessary to ensure that all the water is removed in the shortest time possible. Have equipment that will make it easy for you to remove the water. You can use vacuums and pumps to get the water out quickly. There are many companies that offer pumps and other equipment on rental. If the carpet is soaked up you will need to use a pump to remove as much water from it as possible. This is important because it reduces secondary water damage like growth of mold and mildew in the house.
Salvage Whatever is Salvageable - remove everything from the room with water and see what can be salvaged. This is of course depending on the level of water that you have and also the type of water. If you have water damage caused by black water for instance sewer water most of the things that soak up the water like carpets will not be salvageable. They will have to be disposed off and in the right manner because they are potentially harmful items at that particular time.
Keep the Air Circulating - it is important that you keep the air circulating in the house. This will help to keep the moisture levels down and also removes the excess moisture in the house. This will help to dry everything in the house quickly. Run the fans that you have and if you have a dehumidifier it should also be on. Keep emptying the tank in the dehumidifier. Open the windows also so that air is circulating freely in the house. For the wet items like the carpet ensure that it is lifted off the floor so that it can dry even on the base. Move those items that are by the wall so that they are off the wall.
Clean and sanitize - clean the house thoroughly. If your water damage was due to black water you might need to have a professional clean your house and your belongings. If it was just usual tap water or rain water you can mop up the house using all purpose cleaners but ensure that every part of the house is cleaned and dried. Also, use a disinfectant to sanitize the house.
Repairs - Now that the house is clean and dry, it is time to assess the real damage done to the structure. Look at the dry wall, the doors, floor boards, walls and all other parts of the house that were exposed to the water. For the parts that have had excessive damage, you will need to demolish and replace with new parts. Hard wood floors might fade and concrete walls will stain. This can be corrected by using a primer or painting the surfaces again to regain their former glory.
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