The First Steps to Clearing Flooding
Pakistan was just hit by monsoons that destroyed a significant portion of their annual cotton crops. China has reported over fifty flood deaths in the last two days, along with dozens injured and hundreds displaced or missing. Natural disasters are constantly affecting the world and although your home might currently be safe, it is important to know what preventative actions can be taken. You need to understand what steps to take when a disaster, natural or otherwise, strikes your home. Water damage, for example, is a time-sensitive problem and whether the cause is a leak, plumbing failures, or unpredictable weather, you need to handle the problems quickly. If you ignore the problems that water damage causes they will grow exponentially and result in much greater damage. What starts as water damage can quickly escalate into mold damage and serious structural problems. Unchecked, water damage can cause damage with a very high price tag for you and your personal property. What happens when your home is flooded or being damaged by water?
If you suspect you have a water leak, the first thing you should do is locate the source. It might be broken plumping or the water may be coming from a backed up drain. There are dozens of ways that your home can suffer water damage. Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the actual source of the leak, as it can be hidden behind walls or under water if the flooding is too much. You want to stop the source of water as soon as possible. If the problem is in your plumbing you should turn off the main water supply to your home as soon as possible.
After the source of the leak and/or flooding has been adequately stopped, you need to figure out how much damage has already been done. If there is only a small amount of damage, you might be able to fix it yourself. Cutting out some drywall or ripping out carpet is relatively simple. If there is a large amount of water damage, however, you may want to call in a professional water restoration company. These companies are specifically trained to deal with water damage repairs and can estimate the cost of damage for you. They can also deal with general property clean up, personal items that need to be repaired, and general rebuilding.
If you decide to take care of the damage on your own, there are a few other simple steps to take. Air out the property so that the floodwater dries up. Use a sump pump if necessary. Your goal is to remove the water, in addition to airing out anything that is damp or in contact with the water. This will also help the air clear of odors. Use open windows, box fans, and other drying apparatus to accomplish this. A dehumidifier will also help take the moisture out of the air.
If the water was contaminated there is a likelihood of dangerous molds and mildew growing. Any dampness on items in your home or in the air will only promote a more rapid spread of mold and mildew. When you deal with water damage, you must be aware that mold and mildew will follow extremely quickly, especially if the water that entered your home was from sewers, polluted waters, or other toxic sources. If you cannot handle the damage from the water or the ensuing mold and mildew, you should contact a water restoration specialist as soon as possible. Whenever you deal with water damage you must be aware that time is of the essence.
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