Published On: Sun, Feb 21st, 2016

Dealing with Water Damage in Your Home

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Whether you experience a flood or leak in the home, you will be left with water damage that needs to be taken care of. This isn’t much fun, but it’s important to act quickly and get the home back to normal. Here’s how you can deal with the water damage in your home.

Stop the Water at the Source

The first thing to do is stop the source of the problem. If the home’s water damage was caused by a flood, it’s best to let the flood water to subside before you re-enter the property. The local authority should look after this and let you know when it is safe to re-enter the home. But if you have a leak that is causing the damage, it’s important to take care of the source of the leak before anything else is done. If the source of the leak is not immediately apparent, it will be best to contact a plumber who knows what he or she is doing. They’ll be able to do the job properly and safely.

Turn Off the Electricity Supply Too

If you are worried about the water affecting the wiring and electrics in the home, it’s best to turn off the electrical supply. You can never be too careful when it comes to the potential mixing of water and electricity. It’s best to switch it off just to make sure that nothing terrible happens. Small problems can occur that cause the entire wiring of the house to be ruined. And in the worst case scenario, you or a member of your family could even be electrocuted. So, don’t take that risk because it simply isn’t worth it. Consult an electrician if you’re unsure about anything at all regarding the electrics.

Assess the Damage and Contact Your Insurer

As soon as you’re able to get back into the home, you should assess the extent of the damage. If the cause of the water damage is a leak, it might not be as bad as you first feared. These kinds of things always tend to look a lot worse than they actually are. So, have a look at what’s damaged and how much water there is in the home. At that point, you can contact the insurance company that covers your home and contents. If these things are not insured, then you are going to have to pay for the repairs out of your own pocket. That’s why it’s always best to have home and contents insurance.

Start Drying Possessions

Anything that can be salvaged should be moved to a safe area as quickly as possible. This will allow you to save items that would otherwise be ruined. The longer they are left submerged in water, the harder it will be to salvage them later on. So, any electricals or any other possessions should be moved to a part of the house that is free from water damage. And don’t assume that your electrical items are ruined forever because this is not always the case. Obviously, those kinds of things don’t mix well with water. But if they’re dried out properly, it is sometimes possible to get them working again.

Remove Pools of Water

The longer the water in your home stands and is allowed to pool, the more damage it will do to your home. As soon as you have made the area safe and the insurance company has been called, you should start to remove it. This can be done using a pump. The pump you use should direct the water as far away from the house as possible. You don’t want to let the water collect outside the house because it can then affect the brickwork and the foundations of the home. Wear wellington boots and some strong gloves when you are doing this because it’s hard to know what’s lurking in the water.

Find and Treat Mold

When water has had the chance to spread and settle in your home, the chances of mold growing are pretty high. Mold can be visible, and you will know it when you see it. But sometimes it’s not so obvious. You still might be able to pick up on that musty smell that is associated with mold though. You should keep your eyes (and nose) peeled for these things. And if you notice anything suspicious, you will need to get a professional to treat the mold problem and make sure it doesn’t come back. Companies like Orange Flood can help with this kind of restoration work after a flood.

Remove Water from Walls and Ceilings

This is one of the most difficult parts of the process. When a flood or a leak causes water damage to the walls or the ceiling, you need to remove all the water and moisture from them. But, unfortunately, this is not as simple or as straightforward as it might initially sound. In fact, it can be quite difficult. If the walls are affected by the water damage, you will have to remove everything that could have absorbed water. That means that the drywall will have to be replaced, and the insulation will have to be changed too. You can drain water from the walls by drilling holes in the baseboard and letting the water run through.

Clean Up Surfaces

Depending on the size and extent of the water damage, it might bring a lot of dirt and grime with it. One thing is for sure; the water will probably not be very clean. So, any of the surfaces in your house that were exposed to the water will need to be cleaned. Start by treating the carpet. If the carpet has been badly damaged, you might need to have it professionally cleaned. This will clean the carpet and any affected rugs deeply, getting rid of any of that dirt that my usually linger. You should also clean all the hard surfaces, such as wood, metal or concrete. Using cleaning products to lift all the grime off and make sure they are safe to be used again.

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