After water damages the property, the cleanup process should be immediate. Prolonging the cleanup process creates additional problems such as mold growth and sagging floors. Therefore, if your home and/or belongings contain moisture, begin water damage restoration in this manner.
• Turn off any electrical power outlets and electrical appliances, advises MovinCool. This preserves the items from additional water damage. Ensure your hands are dry and your body is away from standing water before unplugging.
• Remove standing water from the home. Doors can eliminate water covering the feet or higher. Basement and upstairs water require a bucket; remove and dump water outside. Remove remaining water with soap and a mop. Wipe down dirty areas with a damp cloth. Ensure the room is bare before mopping. Turn on a portable dehumidifier to ensure the air is free of moisture.
• Use a fan or open a window to dry off damp rooms. While professionals use spot cooling to dry the home and eliminate mold growth, opening a window, turning on a fan, or opening the door generate similar results.
• Throw away items related to the water damage. Paper products such as toiletries and napkins should go in the trash. Toss out food and electronic items. Pillows, cushions, and mattresses aren’t salvageable due to possible mold re-growth.
• Clean and disinfect salvageable items. Furniture, lamps, and jewelry require a wipe down to remove moisture. Rugs and curtains require thorough washing and disinfecting to return it to its previous condition. A wet painting needs to dry before determining if it’s salvageable.
Water damage affects the home’s structure, foundation, belongings, and the air. This information will provide homeowners with a starting point toward restoration.