What To Do While You Are Waiting?
Okay, you’ve got water damage in a home, you’ve called in the professionals at Restoration Local, so what do you do until help arrives? There are a few actions you can take to minimize the damage.
Disconnect all electronic appliances and shut off all water, gas, and power that service the home. Do not stand in any water while working with electrical systems.
Keep exposed furniture dry by placing plastic or aluminum foil under the legs of larger pieces that may be heavy or hard to move. This prevents saturation from contaminated water.
Watch where you walk, because you might actually track contaminants into other areas of the home. Place plastic over your shoes or wear waterproof boots when working around flood waters.
Saturated items should be moved outside where they can be allowed to dry without being moved or handled. This also keeps them out of the way of repair efforts.
Items exposed to sewage or mold should be thrown out, mainly due to the health risk involved. While some items may be cleaned and sterilized, in most cases it is better to err on the side of caution and simply get rid of it.
Depending on the weather conditions outside, open or close doors and windows. If the air is dry, then opening them will benefit air circulation, which is crucial to water restoration and drying.
Move floor length curtains, keeping them off the floor to prevent water damage. Tying a knot in the curtain will prevent more water from coming in as well as allowing the damaged area to dry.
Wipe or mop away any excess water to decrease the drying time. Mopping up as much water as you can aid the drying time immensely. Open all drawers and closets to allow for faster drying.