Flood can be a traumatic and damaging experience that distorts normal life activity and leaves our homes damaged and lower in its property value; pose health hazards, and cause a rise in insurance rates. The good thing is that, over the years, water damage restoration techniques and equipment have improved making it possible even for structures that have sustained certain extent of damage to be restored to their pre-loss condition.
If you do not want to undergo the process of water damage restoration yourself, you can call for a contractor. Check out the yellow pages in your area of local water damage restoration companies. If you do not have the budget for professional restoration services fee, then there are many do-it-yourself water damage restoration steps you can do.
Below are a few effective how-to’s that would help bring back your home to its pre-loss state. Before doing any restorative procedure, however, keep in mind that you have to observe safety measures to the bone to avoid exposing yourself to physical dangers and health risks.
1. Turn off the main source of electric power in your home before starting water damage restoration process. Electrical shock and electrocution are two possible hazards you will be facing if you keep the electricity on. Keep in mind that everything in your home is soaking wet, and your home is in standing water up to a certain level.
2. Find out if the water that has penetrated your home is safe or contaminated. If the water that has ruined your home comes only from a faulty faucet, then you don’t need to worry much about health hazards though it is still advised that you use protective gear when working. However, if floodwater has been contaminated by sewage water, then you have to double pace your restorative efforts. Sewage-contaminated floodwater is highly positive with pathological microbes and chemical contaminants which are extremely dangerous to body health.
3. You should be ready with safety gears including rubber gloves, mask, and rubber boots. Be ready also with cleaning tools including vacuum, deodorizers, sanitizers, detergents, and bleaches or disinfectants.
4. Immediately flush out or pump out standing water from your home. The longer that your properties stay on standing water, the bigger the damage will become. Also, standing water encourage the growth of certain bacteria and germs. Extract also water from carpets, and dry salvageable materials as fast as you can. Using dehumidifier can also help remove moisture from walls.
5. Clean and disinfect your walls, floors, and other contaminated surfaces. Use also deodorizer to eliminate musty and other unpleasant smells from your home.
6. Afterward, round your house and look into cabinets, closets, walls, carpets and other such places for hidden water damage. Check for signs of molds, and if there moisture buildups and stain lines.
7. Completely dry all saturated materials with the aid of fans and dehumidifiers.
8. After total water damage restoration, contact your insurance company for financial support. Make sure that you have taken pictures or video of your property before you’ve started water damage restoration process.