Water Damage Tips
If you’re ever the victim of water damage, the following practical tips can help you prioritize and allocate what’s best left to the services of a flood or water restoration professionals:
Call a professional as soon as you discover water damage. Bacterial and toxic growth begins immediately following a flood.
Do not vacuum wet floors, rugs, furniture or carpets; you’re placing yourself at risk for electric shock. Besides, the removal of water from floors,tile, baseboards and carpets requires specialized machinery. House hold Vacuum cleaners are inadequate for the job.
If you encounter standing water in any room, do not enter if the electricity is still on. Wait until a professional arrives on the premises.
Turn on your ceiling fans, box fans and oscillating fans throughout the house to aid in the drying process. If your house has an air conditioning system, turn it on at the lowest temperature your utility bill can stand. If your water damage is incurred during the winter months, turn on your heating system.
Blot as much of the water as you can with large beach towels. Mop the floors to lessen the possibility of seepage and mildew accumulation.
If you own a dehumidifier, turn it on if the outside temperature is approximately 65 degrees or higher (and chances are, it is in these springtime months).
Lift saturated area rugs and other removable floor coverings, and place outside away from your home. Warning: Wet rugs are extremely heavy and will require more than one person to lift.
Grab a towel, and wipe all wet furniture dry. If you own any cinder blocks, place them underneath all furniture to minimize water damage. If you have no cinder blocks, wrap towels around furniture legs, or line sheets of aluminum foil underneath them. Remove sofa cushions and chair cushions, and elevate them to allow air to dry them from all sides.
Survey all curtains and draperies throughout the house. If they’re skimming any wet floors, lift them and either tack them up or place them over a coat hanger hooked onto the curtain rod.
If you spot any wet fabrics throughout your home — whether it be sheets, tablecloths, blankets or other coverings — remove them and place them outside for drying.
Gather all precious valuables, such as important documents, family photos, paintings and/or sculptures, and family heirlooms to a dry, safe place. And make a mental note to buy a weather-proof safe for your smaller valuables and important documents.
Remove damp books, and spread them out to dry.