Water damage can be a huge headache, but just because water has infiltrated your building does not mean there will always be irreversible building damage. If the right steps are taken, you can mitigate many of the negative effects of water damage and save yourself a nice chunk of change later on by addressing the issue swiftly and correctly. Below are the three most important steps to take when you are battling water in your home or business.
1. Identify the Source
If the source of the water accumulation is something obvious like a storm surge or a flood from a hurricane or severe rainstorm, you already know where the water is coming from. However, sometimes identifying the source of the wetness isn’t so straightforward. It can be a busted pipe, a broken faucet, or a leaking roof. The first step is finding the cause of the water damage and stopping it from leaking further.
2. Bring in a Dehumidifier
The next step to take is to bring in a powerful dehumidifier as soon as possible. Whether the water damage occurred in your home or in a larger commercial building, it is extremely important to have an industrial strength dehumidifier on the scene. Find a company that offers dehumidifier rentals, and work in conjunction with their experts in order to ensure you have the right size and strength dehumidifier brought to the scene. A dehumidifier is absolutely crucial as it prevents mold and mildew from developing in your property. Run the dehumidifier as long as it takes until things are completely dry. And, don’t forget to empty the accumulated water from the machine’s tank often so the machine can run efficiently and consistently. While the dehumidifier is working, be sure to open windows and doors to aid in the drying process.
3. Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum
As the dehumidifier continues to dry out the area, use a wet/dry vac to clean up the affected areas and any spots with significant water accumulation. A wet/dry vac is imperative for the cleanup process. While the water vacuum can be used on any type of surface, you will want to especially focus on carpeted areas to prevent them from staying wet and growing musty and moldy. If you don’t have a wet/dry vac, you can easily rent one.
There is plenty of other work to do after a water disaster (like sorting through damaged possessions, cleaning up dirty residue, and inspecting and replacing drywall if needed) but by following these three steps first, you can make the cleanup process a whole lot easier on yourself. With a dehumidifier rental and diligent work with a wet/dry vac, you can make sure your property is thoroughly dried and ready to return to its former function without the risk of pesky mold and mildew.
- Photo Credit: title=”Pumping the basement” by Jason Riedy, on Flickr
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