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Having water in unwanted places can wreak havoc on your home and cause a lot of damage. Not only can it completely ruin your possessions, but also your loved home that houses them. If you’re able to act quickly, you are able to minimize any damage and sometimes save some of your belongings.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you should deal with water damage:
Don’t Treat It Lightly
Water damage should always be taken seriously, even if just your basement has a slight bit of water in it, it can be the perfect breeding ground for mould. Mould can ruin walls, carpets, flooring and furniture and it can also cause serious illnesses. In order to prevent it, you need to keep your home clean and healthy.
You should make sure you disconnect any power, remove electronics, and unplug any electronics immediately. The faster you do this the safer of an environment for clean-up you’re going to create. Moving any electrical items and turning off the power should be the first thing that you do, especially if the water levels are rising above the outlets in your home.
Once you have dealt with the immediate electricals in your home it’s time to look to moving furniture, pulling up carpets and floors, and trying to save any important belongings. It’s not always possible to save carpets and flooring as these are the most commonly affected areas and will usually need replacing.
Get Rid Of The Water
If you haven’t already, now is the time to get rid of the water that is in your home, the longer you leave it the more likely it is to cause damages through your home and to your belongings, not to mention the health risks that it poses. The old fashioned manual way is usually the best way of doing this, it reduces the risks of using the power, chances are that you won’t have power anyway, however, it’s always best to remember that electricity and water don’t mix.
Dry Out The Affected Areas
Once you have started your clean-up process, you need to start drying out the affected areas as much as you can. Use a dehumidifier and a decent fan to do this as quickly as possible. If it’s dry outside you could also open the windows in your home, this will enable circulation and faster drying. It’s imperative that you dry out the areas as quickly as possible to help prevent further damages.
Once you’ve cleared up the majority of the debris and started the clean-up process it’s time to start thinking about restoration of the affected areas. Depending on the damage will depend on the amount of work that needs to be completed. It’s not always possible to complete the workload yourself and then you might want to look for specialized contractors like service restoration to help you get your home back sooner rather than later.
This is just a short guide to help you get your home back quickly after experiencing water damages. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments below.