Imagine this scenario: your basement floods during a severe storm. Unfortunately, you have furniture down there as well as books, boxes, clothes, collectibles and other items in storage.
Water can wreak havoc and ruin all of these items, but that’s hardly the extent of the devastation. Water damage can compromise a home’s structure by causing rot and mold. Rotting supports make a structure dangerous, and the presence of mold can interfere with your health.
Whenever you have water damage, you need to call a water restoration company as soon as possible to help you clean up and dry everything out. But there are some things you can do yourself until the pros get there.
Timing is of the Essence When It Comes to Remediating Water Damage
In the face of water damage, you might be able to save some of your affected possessions if you act quickly. Here are a few tips to help you if you are ever in that situation.
1. Assess the Circumstances
Before you do anything, you have to make sure that the area is safe for you to enter. Electrical hazards are a big concern, as is the possibility of slipping and falling in wet spots. If the area looks the least bit unstable, don’t enter — get to a safe place and wait for the professionals to arrive. This is especially true if the space contains standing water, leave the premises and wait for emergency help.
2. Protect and Remove Furniture and Small Items
If you are comfortable that the area is safe to enter, the next thing you need to do is remove your possessions to give them a chance to dry. Remove everything you can carry out safely, avoiding anything that is too heavy or waterlogged. Don’t leave any loose items on the floor that you can easily remove.
For large furniture pieces with legs standing on wet carpet, placing aluminum foil between the carpet and the legs helps to protect them from further water damage.
3. Hang Up Wet Fabric or Rugs
If you have smaller rugs or other textiles that have gotten wet, remove them and hang them up to dry. Larger rugs that have soaked up water will probably be too heavy to move.
4. Mop or Wipe Up Remaining Water
Remove whatever excess water is leftover to the best of your ability. Mop up puddles, wipe down walls and baseboards, and wipe/blot furniture.
5. Ventilate the Area
Finally, if you can, ventilate the area to the best of your ability by opening windows, running the air conditioner (if it’s safe to do so), or, if it’s winter, alternating running the heat and opening windows. If you have a dehumidifier, you can run it to help evaporate the water. Of course, as with other electrical appliances, you need to ascertain whether it is safe to operate in the situation.
If you follow these tips for mitigating water damage, you may be able to save some of your possessions, along with keeping destruction of your home or property to a minimum.
Call St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration ASAP!
Remember, when you have an emergency like flooding due to storms, a burst pipe or hose, sewer back-up, or seepage, call the professionals immediately. The experts at St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration have the necessary tools and equipment to clean up, dry out, and restore your home after water gets in.