Water is essential to human life, but it can cause fatal damage to a home. Water damage usually causes all sorts of a headache to homeowners, both immediately after the damage occurs and in the long run. This can be from floods to leaky appliances. It can cause significant health and safety issues and therefore the need to look at various ways of addressing water damage.
How to deal with water damage in a home?
Here are the tips for dealing with a flooded home.
1) Stop the flow of water. The first step in case the flooding has been caused by a burst pipe or a water heater failure is to shut off the main water line for your home and in case you can’t stop the source you should consult a plumber.
2) Turn off the power. The next step is cutting off the electricity and gas from the main source in case of a flooded home. Ensure that you do not handle electrical appliances unless you are properly insulated.
3) Assess the damage. Before starting up on cleanup exercise, you should first determine whether rebuilding is even a worthwhile option. Also, you should take ample photos and other documentation to show the insurance company in case you file a claim.
4) Search and Rescue your most valuable possessions from the flooded area, such as certificates, money, jewelry, etc. You should not spend too much time extracting and cleaning individual items since the water is still doing damage to your home.
5) Remove the standing water. The longer the water sits in the house, the more damage it will cause. As soon as it is safe, pump out any standing water. In case you are dealing with a natural flood, you should remove until the flood waters have receded below your house before embarking on pumping the water out.
6) Clean up debris and be careful when performing this process, as there could be nails and other materials left behind by the flood water. Mud left behind by floods often contain a significant amount of toxins and as a precaution, you should shovel out as much mud as possible, and spray down your walls with clean water. Also check for mud in air ducts, since it will be hazardous when it dries.
7) Allow appliances to air dry and do not use any appliances or outlets until they have had enough time to completely dry. Also, consult the manufacturer for recommended action.
Dealing with Mold and Mildew
The last step is to detect the mold which can be visible, but it can also grow in air ducts, crawl spaces, rafters, and between walls. If you can’t see any mold, but you can detect a noticeable musty, earthy smell, then you are likely to have mold growth that you can’t see, which indicates water damage.
- Search for source of water leakage and repair it.
- In case the mold is on wires, switch off power from the main source.
- Dry out the wet area, ensuring you remove the molds.