17.2.2015 | 05:41
Water damage can occur from a burst pipe, or from flooding due to severe weather. How ever the flooding occurred, the first thing that you should do, is dry your home out immediately. The longer you allow the water to remain in your home, the more damage it can cause. You have about 48 hours to get rid of the water and moisture in the home, to avoid rust and mold. There are a few steps that you can take to get the water out, and salvage your belongings.
Let Natural Air In
If it is not especially humid outside, natural air can be a great way to begin drying out your home and your belongings. You should open the doors and the windows. Also if there was water damage in the closets you should open the closet doors. If there was water damage in your drawers, remove the entire drawer and allow it to dry out.
Let Mechanical Air In
Mechanical air from a fan is a great way to dry out your home. The best type of fan to use is a high powered fan. You can either purchase one, or rent one. The higher the power of the fan, the better the air circulation will be.
A portable dehumidifier is a great way to remove water vapor from the air. If you have a dehumidifier, you should use it in one room at a time, sealing the room up as much as possible. You should close the doors and widows, so that no moisture can leak into the room.
Pump the Water Out
If you have several inches of standing water, you may need a sump pump. A sump pump is a pump which can go underwater, and moves the water out of your house through a hose. This is the best way to get a great deal of water out of your home quickly. Sump pumps can either be purchased or rented.
A wet/dry vac is a great way to get the water out of a carpet. The longer the water remains in the carpet, the more chance you have of developing a mold problem. You should never use your household vacuum to remove water from a carpet. Wet/dry vacs are made for sucking up water, your household vacuum is not, and the water can cause damage or electrocution.
Remove Soaked Objects
If you have area rugs that are soaked, you should take them outside. Letting them dry in the sun will reduce the moisture level in the home. Also, you should remove vinyl or linoleum flooring to be sure that the water dries thoroughly.
If you have important papers or books which suffered from water damage, place them in a freezer bag, and put them in the freezer. This will prevent mold and mildew from developing. After a few days, when you have the time, let them air dry or dry them in front of a fan.
Desiccants are a great way to absorb moisture. They actually act like a sponge. You should put desiccants into a carpeted room, and close the door. It can take days or weeks to dry out the carpet completely, depending on the size of the room.
Water damage can cause a great deal of permanent damage, and can be very costly. The sooner you get the moisture out of the home, the better off you will be.