The simple goal is always the same, water clean up and drying out everything. This needs to be done as soon as possible after the harm has occurred. It’s imperative that you act fast.
Of course, acting quickly doesn’t mean acting ignorantly. Much of what is needed to correctly address water damage can be cared for right now, before disaster strikes and leaves you cool deep in raw sewage. Taking the time to make sure that your insurance covers water associated issues is wise. Bear in mind that in the event the problem can be tracked back to homeowner neglect, then it won’t be covered.
Move appliances and precious things to higher floors, and elevate power outlets and electrical boxes to higher wall positions. Of course, none of this can guarantee less harm to your home, but it can’t hurt.
Water damage restoration is an involved, multi-layered procedure, comprising certain measures that must be taken in a certain sequence to guarantee success. Failure to do this will result in a few of the following problems listed above.
Water Extraction – this is the process of eliminating the extra water out of your property and is normally achieved through the usage of a wet-dry vacuum device or gasoline-powered gas pump. No electric pumps should be used, nor try to use your regular vacuum cleaner to eliminate water. You will just end up buying a new vacuum. Trust me.
If the flooding is in your basement, be careful not to pump out the water too fast. This can lead to sudden pressure changes that may weaken your cellar walls, making them prone to fall. Pump the water out at the rate of approximately 1/3 per day. Most of the water may be taken out via the water extraction procedure.
Secondary Drying – once the extra water is out, surfaces may appear dry, but a cursory bit will show they are not. They’ll retain a significant quantity of water, and the only way to dry it out is via the flow of air. Bring in several high-velocity fans and blowers (the more the merrier) and dehumidifiers to help the process along. Move the units around every few hours to ensure total drying coverage, and allow a few times for the process to complete.
Damaged items must be taken out of the area and mended elsewhere. They may require cleaning, and sometimes, disinfecting. In circumstances of sewage established water damage, it might become an issue of deciding what can be salvaged and what should be thrown out.
Restoration – this is the process of taking good care of the fine detail elements designed to return your house to its pre-loss condition. At this point, the residence is prepared to welcome its inhabitants back.
Of course, the procedure might be much more difficult than explained, particularly in larger instances of water damage, but the general concept and management remain unchanged. The process may also take place over a period of days or even weeks, again, depending on the dimensions. The scope of the project makes it beyond the abilities of most homeowners.
This is the reason you need to contact your regional IICRC certified water damage restoration professionals. They are available 24/7 to service all your flood restoration and water damage requirements. A phone call receives a technician to your home within the hour, ready to assess your situation and begin water restoration procedures immediately.
To learn more about home flooding security, check out how to shield your house from floods and everything to do following a basement flood. For flooding water damage repair and mold remediation support, contact your regional PuroClean office or visit their website to find out more.