13 Oct Pivotal Water Damage Cleanup Tips and Ideas
Water damage can not only cause damage to your furniture and valuables, but it can also lead to major property damage that can be quite costly. You can reduce the damage and save some belongings if you act quickly.
Do not treat water damage lightly
Even if the basement is dry or has very little water, mould can thrive in it. Mold growth can cause damage to walls, furniture, flooring, and rugs. Poor air quality can cause respiratory problems such as asthma and other serious illnesses.
It is important to prevent mold growth in your home. Here are some ways to handle a flooded basement without causing more damage than you did. Before you do anything, contact your insurance company and explain everything.
Disconnect from the Power
All digital devices should be disconnected and removed all furniture, appliances and other items that can be moved. You can save items if you get rid of them as soon as possible. All carpets, including tapestries and rugs, and all underlay mats should be removed. If you have your carpets cleaned and disinfected, you may be able to save them.
Get rid of the water
There are several ways to get rid of water. To help absorb as much water as possible, you can use old towels, buckets, and brooms. If the local sewers are clear, the water can be poured down the drain. Otherwise, it can be poured on to your yard or another permeable surface. You can also use a dry/wet vacuum. To prevent mold growth, it is important to drain all water and dry the area.
Furniture, Rugs and Other Smaller Items that Can Be Transferred
Local water damage specialists will recommend that furniture be removed from the area affected as soon as possible. Remove any area rugs and dry them. To prevent carpet staining, you can use wood block underneath furniture legs.
Engineered wood furniture is made to transfer moisture from wood to carpet, leaving permanent marks. Rust stains can be left behind by metal furniture legs. If possible, remove small objects like books, toys, tables and other miscellaneous items.
Dry the affected area
After you have cleaned the carpet thoroughly and extracted all water, fans and a humidifier can be used to dry the area. You can open the windows if it doesn’t rain to let air flow through and speed up drying. The place should dry as quickly as possible.
If you have a basement that has been finished and water damage to the drywall, it is likely you will need to reduce the affected areas. The drywall will eventually crumble and the paper backing will most likely become a great source of mold food.
Most water damage specialists will recommend that you use a strong disinfectant to kill any bacteria found in the bathrooms and sewers after drying the area.
Stop the Growth of Mold
After thoroughly disinfecting the area allow it to dry completely. Then, apply the disinfectant along affected areas following the instructions. Once you have applied a thin layer of disinfectant, allow it to dry immediately. It creates a thin layer on any moulds that might grow, and it eliminates the spore root.
It will most likely prevent mold growth, regardless of the location. A fogger can be rented from a hardware store if you are spraying a large area. It’s very easy to use and is extremely fast. You should properly dispose of any damaged items. Take what you can to a recycle center and dispose of it properly.