Quality water damage restoration can be a tedious process. But, it becomes a must-do project when there’s flooding in the house due to a burst pipe, excessive rainfall or leakage caused by a faulty faucet. To address the issue, keep in mind the ways and methods of controlling water damage and its subsequent cleanup.
- The first step is to locate the source of the water damage. Afterwards, seal it off to prevent more water from flooding your home. In case of a burst pipe, it’s best to turn off the main water supply source.
- Assess the damage on your home before starting the cleanup. If it’s minimal, you can handle it yourself. If the drywall and floors have been completely destroyed, call professionals for a complete water damage restoration project.
- If you’re working on the damage yourself, get fresh air to move through the affected area. Open all windows, turn on all the fans or use box fans for extra airing, if required. This helps dry the area and eliminate foul smell.
- Use a dehumidifier to extract the moisture from the air. Keep checking and emptying out the tank from time to time. The dehumidifier run until that time when things have dried completely, as this will prevent the growth of mold and mildew in the affected area.
- Once the fans and dehumidifier are running simultaneously, rescue papers, photos and books if they’re valuable. If useful papers have been affected, put them in a frost-free freezer and get in touch with a professional on how they can be best restored.
- Dry vacuuming the smaller pools of water is also another method to dry up floors and enclosed spaces. This works especially in carpeted areas for upholstered furniture or even wood or tile floors. Continue vacuuming until the greater part of the standing water is soaked up.
- For wooden surfaces, wiping with a dry cloth and using fans and dehumidifiers work. Even wiping the wooden surface with clean water and a mild detergent is useful. Scrubbing with a scrub brush is required to remove mildew and mold.