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Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Home

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Home

If your home is exposed to water damage, you must take the right steps to solve the problem. Whether you are dealing with storm water or rainwater, you must dry out the house before you start assessing the damage. A thorough water cleanup will also allow you to begin the restoration process and undertake the flood mitigation procedures easily.


Dealing with flood damage

Flood water in business establishments can ruin your equipment. While a home floods quickly, drying it out could take a while. You should start by pumping all the water out before you rent a dryer. While drying the walls and floors is a time- consuming venture, it is the only way to prevent the infestation of fungi, algae, and molds. Embarking on the refinishing and restoration without undertaking the necessary mitigation procedures is futile. You must think about the mitigation of such problems during the water cleanup and restoration initiatives. Water cleanup is indispensable if you want to eliminate the dirt. After completing the water cleanup, as a specialist to recommend the right disinfectant to keep the germs at bay.

Drying the Internal Surfaces

While the building will dry out eventually through the natural means, you can escalate the process in the following ways:

• Forcing hot air into the building is a sure way to expedite the evaporation process
• Avoid spraying the hot air directly to the walls to avoid causing irreparable damage to the structure
• Improve the ventilation by opening up the windows and doors to prevent the effects of flood damage
• Avoid drying out the carpets and other removable items inside the house to avoid increasing the moisture levels
• Inspect the hidden areas and look out for stagnant water in business attics and crawlspaces

Safety concerns

Flood damage can also cause several problems since it comes with contaminants. Besides the dirt and the silt, a home inspector can identify whether the water poses other risks to your family members. Flood damage can be dangerous since the water transmits electricity. If you have nit switched off the power, you are at the risk of electrical shocks. Even if you switch off the power in your home, the floods can transmit the power from your neighbors. As such, the first step is to call a water damage specialist to solve the problem. You also need to contact a plumber to inspect your pipes and drains. Flooding may be a result of a broken pipe or a flawed draining system. Floodwater may also mix with LP gas leakages, animal wastes, asbestos, and other hazardous materials. Professionals recommend getting an assessment from the specialists and wearing the protective clothing during the exercise.

Assessing the damage

Taking photographs will help you to negotiate with the insurance company when looking for compensation to reverse the impact of water in home and other commercial buildings. The presence of water in home and office appliances can spell disaster on the electronic goods.

Home restoration and water damage mitigation

The best way to minimize the flood and water damage in the future is to take the necessary precautions. Repair the roof to prevent the leakages and inspect the entire plumbing system for signs of deterioration. Remove the delicate building materials such as MDF boards and gypsum. While wood can warp and swell after water damage, you can salvage it with the proper drying equipment.

If you are dealing with flooding problems, you need to undertake some temporary repairs to prevent more water from entering your home. Drain the water in home drains by looking for signs of blockage. The water in home drainage systems might be toxic if it mixes with the sewerage in the manholes and septic.

Do not rush to remove the water in business basement floors. The removal of water in business basements might cause the collapse of the walls as a result of the uneven pressure. While drying the water in home floors and other wooden surfaces, avoid using the artificial methods since the heat can cause them to warp. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on water damage.