Water damages are the kind of problem that just won’t go away on its own. In fact, the longer that the problem lingers, the more it will cost to restore your home afterwards. Although calling up a restoration company is an effective solution that will save you a lot of time and money, there are small things you can do about the damages to reduce damages in the time it takes to sort things out with your restoration company.
Make sure your safety is ensured:
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you start working on water damages is the level of risk that the water poses to you. If you notice that the water is colored very dark, or is murky and oily, you should try your best to avoid that water. Another thing you should take care of is making sure there is no mixing of sewage into the water. You could get contaminated with sewage pollutants, as well as inhalation or entry of harmful microbes inside your body which can make you very sick.
If the water is somewhat murky, you can proceed to clean, but employ several precautionary measures to ensure your safety. If you are cleaning the water up, make sure you are wearing thick, tall shoes which will prevent entry of water inside or near to your feet. Also, be sure to use rubber gloves to cover your hands while you clean out the water, along with a face mask so you don’t inhale anything dangerous while cleaning.
Remove as much clutter as possible:
When you start working on your home that suffered water damages, make sure your first remove all of the dirt and damaged possessions first. If you have furniture that you think has a chance of being restored to the way it was, leave it outside and have it inspected. Even after the water has been removed, make sure there isn’t any carpeting left which can prevent the water from being removed by retaining some of the moisture.
Removing the collected water:
Now, you should make sure that any standing water is promptly removed. This may be done using pumping, however if the water damage is extensive, you should ask a professional to handle this step. In cases of small puddles, you can start by using a vacuum which can help remove all the water. Next, open up the windows and use dehumidifiers to remove all of the water, even the water in the air.
Assessing the damages to your home:
If you have a quick eye, you can pick up on the damages that your home may be facing as a result of the issues with water. Check your home for mold growth or any signs of rotting in the walls or in the floors. If you notice anything, handle it as soon as possible to avoid further problems. Finally, make sure your home is disinfected using a cleaner with antimicrobial properties. This way you can get rid of microbes and mold at the same time.