Speed Is The Key To Water Damage Prevention
If we have said it once we’ve said it a thousand times, speed is of the essence when dealing with any sort of water damage problem. While no one plan on having to deal with flooding or serious leaks in their home or business, it does happen and it is important to know how to deal with it promptly.
First off, don’t use electrical devices such as fans or pumps (why electrically powered water pumps exist is beyond me but moving right along). Rather, call in a professional flooded basement or eater restoration expert immediately. Water damage is serious business, and it often encores with an appearance of mold within 48 hours. If you can keep water damage in the prevention category as opposed to repair, then you’re ahead of the game.
Any items that are dry or avoided the water damage should be removed from the area, as this will keep them in good condition as well as prevent mold from growing on them. Carpet should also be dried out quickly, and this includes the underside of the carpet as well as the flooring. Carpet padding that is wet or moldy should be thrown out and replaced. Once you reach the 48-hour mark with carpet, put a fork in it because it is most assuredly done.
Drywall may be repaired as long as it is not swelling or otherwise deformed. In many cases, drywall can be replaced in sections, but only by someone who knows what they are doing and will be able to cover and hide the seams.
Remember, the operative word here is “dry”. You want to make sure that all surfaces in all affected rooms have been properly dried out, as this is the only way to prevent mold problems from cropping up. Trying to make repairs in a room that is still wet is absolutely useless.
Water extraction and drying procedures vary from scenario to scenario, but they all have the same goal in mind, removing the excess water, bringing down relative humidity levels, and drying everything out thoroughly.
Yes, it is a process that should be done quickly, but also intelligently. Don’t cut corners on quality work since it will only mean you have to start over again and do it right the second time. Hire a qualified, competent water restoration professional, someone familiar with these problems and experienced/certified in all areas of the restoration process. The pros at Restoration Local stand ready to assist you.