98% of the basement in American has varying degrees of water damage, and the cost of the damage is enormous. The insurance industry pays customers $2.5 billion a year for water damage and mold, and the average water damage claim is about $7 000.
Many reasons can cause water damage, like leak, spill, burst, and flood all can cause adverse water damage. And professional repairs are sometimes required because mold and microbes can grow if the water is not completely dry.
Some feasible and valuable tips can help you properly clean and restore after the water damage.
1. To Act Quickly
It's essential to act quickly and save you a lot of time, effort, and money. When you see signs of water damage, treat and repair it as soon as possible, no matter how serious it may be. Water damage never gets better on its own, and the longer water stays in an area, the worse it gets. Many people wait until a severe problem arises before asking for help. The faster you remove the dry regions affected by water damage, the minor damage you will do to your property. And when we do it in a small area, sometimes we can dry it in place, and we don't need massive demolition and repair. Mold usually starts growing within 24 hours of an item coming into contact with water.
2. Safety Is Priority
Remember, safety is always your priority. Severe water damage always comes with a flood, and it can destroy everything in the building. The wall may be cracked and unstable, the pipe may leak or burst, and the ceiling may sag. So, never come into the building without the disaster official approval. And be sure to turn off the electricity and gas supply before entering the building. Also, don't forget to wear your protective clothing, waterproof gloves, rain boots, and face mask because indoor sewage is likely to hide dangers, such as bacteria, microbes, and broken wood or instruments by water.
3. Standing Water Remove
The first step of the restoration is to remove the standing water. Because the
The longer water stays inside the building, the more damage it does to the contents. Significantly, the drywall can absorb the water very quickly. And if there is not a lot of water, you can use the wet-dry vacuum. On the contrary, if there is standing water on the ground. You can ask a professional water damage repair company to repair it with professional repair equipment.
4. Drying Process
Once the standing water has been removed, you can use an industrial fan or dehumidifier and open the windows and doors to increase the airflow. But to complete the whole process depends on the specific water disaster situations. Other factors that affect drying time include duration, water source, type of damaged building materials, weather conditions, and humidity level. Keep in mind that the sooner you start drying after water damage, you will likely avoid expensive repairs.
5. Call Insurance Company
When you notice water damage, contact your insurance company immediately and follow their instructions for cleaning and repairing it. If the water damage is severe, inform the insurance company and authorize work to a professional repair company. Use your phone to take photos or videos of the damage and begin the claim process.
6. Remove Unsalvageable Item
Move materials that cannot be repaired outside. Because these items are likely to have mold after being soaked in water, these water-damaged items should be moved out as soon as possible to avoid the spread of mold to other things that can be repaired. In addition, you can have a professional check the back of the hole and insulation for moisture and humidity to make sure there is no water or damp building materials behind the walls. Otherwise, these areas could become a breeding ground for mold.
7. Remove Wet Upholstery
Remove all furniture from water-damaged areas and take it outside for cleaning and drying. As a result of cleaning carpet and indoor adornment, more complex can hand in professional personage processing. Because water damages furniture, wood and metal furniture that gets wet can also leave stains on carpets.
8. Remove Mold
Small areas of mold can be cleaned with water, brushes, and detergent. Note that you must take protective measures when removing mold by yourself. Wear protective clothing, masks, gloves, and goggles. When you're done cleaning, you should raise the temperature in your home to prevent mold from regrowing when the water dries. If mold grows in a large area, you need a mold removal specialist. Professional restorers use dehumidifiers and industrial fans to keep the room warm and dry.
9. Choose The Best Dehumidification Equipment
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