Next to a fire, almost all homeowners fear flooding, and the damage it can cause. The flood can be caused by many things, from a frozen/broken pipe to an overflowing river, the results can be devastating. In almost all cases, some type of water damage restoration will be required. Most homeowners will find that they will need to rely on a specialist in water damage cleanup.
These specialists will have both the knowledge and equipment to rid your home of water, and to minimize the damage of the actual structure. Yet, that isn’t the only place flood damage can occur, losses typically include: furnishings, family photos, pieces of art and books. The following tips can help lessen the damages of items that are irreplaceable. The following safety tips for water damage can all be done before the water restoration team gets to your home.
Safety Tips For Water Damage
First of all, the homeowner must prevent serious, and even fatal injuries. To do this they should:
Turn off all power to the area before allowing others to enter the flooded area. Next, the homeowner must attempt to find the source of the water, if a plumbing emergency is thought to be the cause. Once the source is found, all water to the area should be shut off to minimize damage. Last of all, remind everyone that the area may be slippery.
These tips should be taken in the order written. Once done, the area may be entered and the water restoration may begin.
Tips For Beginning The Water Damage Cleanup
The homeowner can begin the cleanup before the water restoration team arrives. These steps if done can save many of the most precious of mementos:
- Remove as much of the water as possible by mopping or blotting. If there is any dripping or leaking, a bucket or empty trash can is an effective way to save a lot of water from further damaging its surrounding areas. A Homeowner should not attempt to vacuum the water, remember no electrical appliances should be used in the affected area.
- Wipe any excess moisture from unaffected susceptible content in the area. Once dry, removal to an unaffected area is suggested.
- Remember not to put items that bleed color next to, or on other surfaces that can absorb the colors(such as carpet).
- Use a clothes hanger to support the bottom of any long drapery/curtains on the curtain rod
- Remove all area rugs that are in the flooded area.
- Move all photos, pictures and art works to a dry, and safe area.
- Remove all books or important documents from the area, if they are wet, place them on a dry area, spread the pages to allow faster drying.
- Open all affected doors, drawers, closets and pieces of luggage to aid in the drying phase.
Things That Should Never Be Done
There are three things that should never be done. By doing so, people risk serious injuries, and possible death. Learn these safety tips for water damage, and keep everyone safe:
- Do not use an ordinary or electrical vacuum.
- Never use electrical appliances in flooded areas.
- Do not enter severely flooded areas until the electricity has been turned off.
I hope these tips are helpful, but mostly I wish you many dry years!