Water damage can cause serious problems if not addressed properly. Although damage due to intruding water is common in most houses, small floods may leave you in serious pain. The best way to deal with water damage is to prepare yourself beforehand and maintain regular checks for faulty plumbing and leaks. Here is how to reduce damage caused due to water.
Spot the source
When you find water flooding inside your home, the first line of action should be inspecting the source of water and turning it off. This will reduce the intensity of water flooding into your house and reduce damage. If you are unable to spot the source, immediately call water restoration services for professional help.
Cut off electricity
Once the water source is stopped, consider cutting off main electricity line. By doing so, you will reduce the chances of shock that is likely due to water everywhere. There can be loose cords and running appliances that may conduct electricity through the water. If you are unable to do so, stay away from water and seek help. Also, rescue pets and children from the flooded area and send them to a safer place.
Water can easily damage valuable possessions like money, jewelry, and important documents. If you have stored any such item in the flooded area, consider moving them to a dry place in the house. Do not spend much time in analyzing and cleaning individual items to save time and energy. Just rescue valuable possessions that are prone to water damage. If you have time in hand or are waiting for the restoration services to arrive, you may remove appliances and other valuables from the flooded area.
After moving possessions, it’s time to get rid of the flooded water. Start removing standing water with the help of a bucket. Avoid using electrical appliances for this purpose as it may increase the risk of shocks. Once the standing water is out of your home, use old towels to dry out the area. This will also clean the deposited debris. Use clean water to remove stains and debris from the floor and walls. Turn on electricity and use ceiling fans to promote fast drying.
As soon as you get rid of water and dry out your home, it is important to clean the affected surfaces. Use a washcloth to clean the wooden surfaces and furniture. Clean upholstery and porous surfaces to prevent mold growth. In case you suspect mold and mildew, complete remediation will be needed to get rid of it effectively.