Prevent Further Damage Before Professional Help Arrives
Given the problems, it can cause for the family as well as the property itself, water damage restoration is a job that needs to be completed by a professional. In addition to the direct benefits, it’s also the only option that will truly put your mind at ease. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from being productive in the time between spotting the damage and getting it professionally treated.
There are several things that you can do to prevent further damage, contain the problem, and make life easier for the experts. Alternatively, if you’re eager to try it yourself, this advice will go a long way to restoring the property back to its former glory. Here’s all you need to know.
Conduct A Little Research
Not all water damage is the same. The problems can be rooted by several sources. Meanwhile, there are different Classes and severity levels to consider. While most of these issues can be cleared up by the professionals, it doesn’t hurt to understand the Category of water damage.
The water may be clean (category one), grey (category two), or unsanitary (category three). Identifying this can help you forecast the cost of the cleanup while also working out how likely bacteria growth and hazards may have become.
Furthermore, you should inspect the affected areas for mold while also checking to see if there are secondary sources of damage.
Take Safety Precautions
The last thing you need is to see the water damage escalate into something worse. As we all know, water and electric do not mix. Therefore, you’ll want to disconnect the power and remove any electronic goods from the affected rooms.
On a separate note, you should look to remove any portable furniture. The sooner you get those household goods out of the danger zone, the less likely they are to become contaminated by bacteria growth. Meanwhile, you should check that water is safe to drink and use for cleaning.
Of course, you won’t be wanting to sleep in these areas of the home either as this would encourage you to breathe in the bacteria.
While you might not be able to get rid of all moisture and water, giving it a good try is essential. Once it is out of your property, it can no longer escalate into anything worse. Moreover, it creates an easier working environment for when the expert arrives, which will save you time and money.
Mops, towels, and other old materials that can absorb the water should be embraced with open arms. If the situation is quite severe, it may be necessary to use a bucket too. Pour the water down the neighborhood sewer, unless it is blocked.
In this case, you can use the backyard grass or other permeable surfaces.
Dry The Affected Area
The professional drying process will require professional equipment, but you can still help out by getting rid of as much moisture as you possibly can. Doing this helps prevent further damage from occurring.
Opening windows is naturally a good start, but you should also use fans and dehumidifier units to circulate the air and absorb moisture. Try to treat as many items as possible, including carpets, furniture, and surrounding materials.
If drywall has been affected, you should pull it away before it crumbles. After all, this is an excellent breeding ground for mold.
Disinfect The Area
Mold grows very quickly, even on the materials that have avoided a drenching. Getting rid of that bacteria is crucial for your family’s health, which is why you should never wait until the experts arrive.
Bleach solutions are the most common form of treatment, although there are plenty of homemade alternatives out there. The key is to treat all walls, furniture, upholstery, and flooring that may have been affected. Even if the impacts of that damage seem to be minimal, you must not run the risk.
Again, this an area where the experts will take things to the next level. Still, doing your bit is vital.
Prevent Mold Growth
Once the disinfected area has been allowed to dry out, you’ll want to ensure that mold and bacteria cannot grow. A solution like Concrobium Mold Control will work wonders and should be applied to the affected areas as directed on the bottle.
This should be left overnight to dry, which will allow the product to create a protective barrier over any remaining mold that may have been growing. This preventive step will bring instant rewards while the benefits will extend to when the water damage restoration team arrives too.
If nothing else, it’ll make the home liveable until the thorough repair work takes place – even if you decide to do it yourself.
Treat The Ceiling
All water damage is bad, but the damage that affects the ceiling has the potential to be even more problematic than most. Even if you’ve decided to call an expert, you’ll want to get started on this aspect. Otherwise, gravity could serve up a nightmare.
Removing damaged tiles, panels, or boards could make a world of difference. Just be sure to catch the water that may fall, and you’ll have effectively reduced the stress being caused on the room until the professionals arrive.
If the water damage is caused by a roofing problem, you’ll want to attend to this too. Even if it’s temporary measures like using a bucket or creating a non-permanent seal.
As the above tips show, it is possible to treat the affected rooms on a DIY basis. In fact, you could use those tasks as a way to avoid needing an expert altogether. Nonetheless, the time, costs, and need for specialist equipment mean you’ll probably opt for the professional route.
By taking these proactive steps in the meantime, you can make the job smaller – saving yourself time and money – while also gaining the emotional benefits of having contained the damage and removed the immediate hazards.
If that doesn’t vindicate going the extra mile with those immediate DIY endeavors, nothing will.
Feel free to read our post about the water damage restoration process for more detailed information.