The Devastating Effects Of Water Damage
Water is one of the most destructive forces on Earth. It has the potential to cause significant damage to property in a very short period. Whether this damage is the result of flooding or inclement weather or is caused a plumbing problem or building design flaw, it is necessary to act as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of damage that is done to the property.
If the water is leaking from inside the home, the first step is to shut off the water supply to the area. This can be accomplished through the use of a local shutoff valve or by shutting off the water at the main valve for the home. Stopping the flow of water as quickly as possible is essential.
If the water is caused by flooding, on the other hand, you should wait for the flood waters to recede before taking any action. Once the water has dropped below the point where it is entering your home, you can then start dealing with the aftermath.
Whether the flooding is caused by plumbing problems or flooding, the electricity to the affected area should be shut off. If only one part of your home is affected, this may involve simply flipping a breaker switch. If, however, you are dealing with a flood and your entire home has been affected, you will need to shut off the power entirely. If there is standing water around your electrical panel, wait for an electrician to shut off the power for you. Otherwise, you run the risk of shocking or electrocuting yourself.
Once the water and power have been shut off, the next step is to remove any standing water from the area. If you are dealing with a leaky pipe or other plumbing-related damage, you should use towels or a shop vac to remove as much moisture as possible from the area.
For flood water, you may have to rent a pump from a local rental shop to pump the water out of your home. Otherwise, you can also handle cleanup with the use of buckets, mops, and towels. Just be sure to wear proper safety gear. This includes rubber boots and gloves as well as a respirator. Flood water is filled with all different kinds of contaminants and needs to be handled with care. It is also important to keep any children or pets away from the area until it is thoroughly cleaned up to keep them from coming in contact with any contaminated water or mud.
Any porous items will most likely need to be thrown away. This includes drywall, carpeting, mattresses, bedding, and any particle board or wafers board. Some clothing may be able to be salvaged although it depends on the fabric and how well it will withstand vigorous washing.
Once all of the water has been removed, the next step is to dry thoroughly out the area. This usually requires the use of industrial-grade fans or other high-powered drying devices.
Most homeowners find it beneficial to hire a water damage restoration company rather than trying to do the repairs and restoration on their own. These companies have specialized equipment that allows them to dry thoroughly out the affected area as quickly and thoroughly as possible. This can help minimize the amount of damage that is done to the property, lowering repair costs as a result.
They can also find water that is hidden behind the walls, under the floorboards, in the ceilings, or in the ductwork of the home. This type of damage can be impossible for a homeowner to detect on their own without the proper equipment. That is one of the main reasons why it is beneficial to hire one of these companies rather than trying to take a DIY approach to dealing with water damage and restoration.