What to Do After Water Damage

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It is amazing how much damage water intrusion can do to walls, carpets, furnishings, flooring, and appliances.  A flood from busted water pipes, commode or sewer backup, leaking roofs, dishwasher malfunction, or washing machine overflow can do a lot of damage. Not only can it ruin your valuable possessions, but also your home or business may be out of commission for days, weeks or months. If you’re able to act quickly, you can minimize the damage and possibly save some of your possessions. Some of your success depends on how long the water’s been around, there might be pieces of furniture that can be saved, and sometimes, even carpet, but any electronics hit by water are probably doomed.

Do not wait to call a professional, do this immediately!   They have the equipment and tools to find the moisture and dry the structure to its original state.  Even if your basement only has one inch of water in it, or is even just damp, it is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold growth not only ruins walls, furniture, carpets, flooring, etc., it can lead to poor indoor air quality causing respiratory problems including asthma, and can lead to severe illness. It is vital that mold be prevented from ever starting and that is why you need to call a professional immediately.  Preventing mold growth is very important to keep your home’s air clean and healthy. So in addition to calling your insurance company, here are a few tips to deal with your flooded basement and minimize the water damage. (Call your insurance company before you do anything, and tell them what you want to do.)

To prevent electrical shock disconnect the power in all affected areas by unplugging and removing any electronics, furniture and movable items from the contaminated area immediately. The faster you get items out of water’s way, the more likely you’ll be able to save them from further contamination.  It may be necessary to disengage and remove flooded carpets or area rugs along with the underpadding. You may be able to save the carpet if you get it cleaned and disinfected.

Remove excess water as soon as possible. You may want to call a professional with a Truck Powered Water Extraction unit to remove as much of the flood water damage as possible. The following can help in light water damage from fresh water; however we recommend you call a professional if the water comes from sewer, or flood waters.  For fresh water use some old towels, buckets and mops to soak up as much water as possible.  A wet/dry vacuum can be used too, note: be very careful to plug it into outlets far away from water.

Sometimes the drywall can be saved depending on the category of water intrusion.  I may be necessary to cut out contaminated drywall if the water was a category 2 or 3. 

Start drying the affected areas as soon as possible. Once you’ve removed as much water as possible, use special air movers and LGR dehumidifiers dry the contaminated areas. Drying your structure as fast as possible will help prevent microbial growth and mold. Removing the baseboards will help prevent mold and dry and salvageable Sheetrock much faster.  After the area has dried out, including flooring, wood beams, insulation, drywall, carpet etc., use a good microbial growth inhibitor to get rid of any bacteria

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