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Water Damage Woes
Summer time comes with expenses. You’re paying for pool passes, fairs, water parks, etc. so your family can have the best summer yet. Then, water damage strikes. With all of these expenses, paying for water damage restoration seems impossible. After this crosses your mind, you decide to take on the job yourself. Now, this isn’t a terrible idea. You just need to make sure you know what you’re doing before deciding to take on all the work water restoration requires.
Before getting started, make sure all the electricity is shut off in the area of concern. If it’s left on, you may suffer electrocution. Always remember, safety first. Inspect the area to determine the source. Cutting off water at the source will ensure that no more water enters the home. Remove damaged belongings to a dry area that is also out of the way of your work space. Porous materials should go first, as they have the most potential for mold growth. Carpets and rugs should be replaced if water has been sitting for more than 48-72 hours.
Water extraction is one of the most important steps of the entire process. The longer the water sits, the more vulnerable your home comes to mold growth. Depending on the size, water may be extracted with anything from towels/rags to mops and wet vacs. After you’ve removed the water, recognize that there may still be moisture lingering within the floors. To remove this excess water, invest in some dehumidifiers and fans. These create a steady flow of air throughout the home. Opening doors and windows can also help speed up the drying process. While you’re waiting for the place to dry out, you can go inspect your materials to see how bad the damage is and if anything is going to be salvageable.
Hopefully these steps can go a long way in helping you with your restoration project. If at any point you think the damage needs to be inspected by the eyes of professionals, give us a call. We offer free estimates to all of our customers and can help with all your water damage restoration needs.