After any water disaster, it is essential to act quickly to reduce the water damage. Time is critical when a pipe burst, water leak, or heavy rain causes water damage in your residence because water damage breeds mold growth and causes structural damage to the property. If you act quickly, you can minimize unnecessary damage to your property and possibly your insurance claim.
Follow these steps to reduce the water damage in your residence:
Call a water damage restoration company
The best course of action is to contact a professional to perform water damage restoration services on your property. Water damage cleanup is a lengthy process that is best handled by professionals with lots of experience and advanced equipment. Our water damage restoration company will remove all standing water and moisture from the affected area and is available 24/7 to provide our emergency water damage repair services.
However, there are some additional waterproofing steps you can take to minimize water damage before the professionals arrive.
Turn off or block the water source
Stopping the source of the water will help contain the water damage. In the case of an interior problem, like a burst pipe or water leak, turn off the water. If the source is of the damage is wet weather conditions or a natural disaster, wait out the storm and then attempt to mop the excess water or blot it with paper towels. It is important to dry areas with excess moisture and standing water to reduce the amount of water that is absorbed by the building materials and furnishings in the residence.
Turn off electricity
Make sure to turn off the breaker in the water-damaged area or throughout the whole house if the damage is severe enough. It is dangerous to step on wet carpet or unplug electrical devices while the power is still on. Be sure the electricity is turned off and it is safe to proceed before you attempt to unplug or remove electronics or appliances in the home.
Do not disturb the wet carpet
Do not walk on your wet carpet more than necessary to avoid spreading the damage to other areas. Do not use newspapers to walk on wet carpet, either, because the carpet fibers will absorb the ink and permanently stain the carpet. Furniture may also stain the carpet, so put aluminum foil underneath the legs of furniture touching wet carpet.
Keep household materials and furnishings off the wet carpet as well. Lift all curtains and draperies off the ground so they do not get wet and damaged. Remove valuables like shoes, fabrics, books, and plants from the property and store them somewhere safe so they don’t stain the carpet or absorb the moisture.
Open doors and windows
Open all doors, drawers, and windows to assist in the drying process. Opening the house up creates air flow circulation and allows the water-damaged areas and materials to dry naturally.
Drying and dehumidification is yet another service that most restoration companies offer, but you can perform the process yourself if you have the proper equipment. This equipment includes industrial dehumidifiers and air movers, and moisture meters. The dehumidification process involves manipulating humidity and temperature to remove excess moisture and monitoring the moisture levels afterward.
At ServiceMaster Kwik Restore, we provide 24/7 emergency water damage cleanup services because of the urgency of the situation. Our trained technicians will use advanced products and equipment to remove all standing water and excess moisture from the residence. We will also remove mold growth and restore all your water-damaged materials and personal belongings.