Water Damage Restoration for a flood damaged house can prove to be very tough.
Floods can hit your property in an instant.
The restoration and drying tasks can take hours, days and sometimes even weeks.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind while restoring your property after flood damage:
1. Before beginning with your water damage restoration methods, make sure that you turn off the main power switch of your electrical supply. Just because none of the lights are working in your house, doesn’t mean that there is no electricity.
2. Flood waters can be contaminated with human and animal waste and all kinds of chemicals. So before beginning with restoration work, make sure you protect yourself from all these health hazards. Use protective gears. Especially use protection for your eyes, mouth, and hands. Wear a respirator.
3. Before beginning with water damage restoration, make a video of the damage caused. Alternatively, you can take pictures of your damaged property. When you begin your negotiations with your insurance assessor, these pictures and videos will come in handy and help in claiming adequate compensation for your losses.
4. Make temporary repairs and stop any further water from coming into your house. This will help in further water damage and provide you with the opportunity to begin the restoration of your property more swiftly.
5. You should always begin your water damage restoration work from the attic. If the insulation in your attic is soaked with water, remove it.
6. If there is any wet article in the attic, remove it. Water-soaked articles tend to get heavy and will put excess pressure on the ceilings of your house.
7. Once your electrical wirings and systems have been taken care of by a qualified professional and there is no danger of electrocution anymore, you can begin with restoration task. Turning the fans on is the first thing you should do. Fans will help in circulation of fresh air and help in water damage restoration of your items.
8. Once you are sure that no more water will enter the house, open your windows and doors. This will help in the circulation of fresh air. Fresh air helps in restoration and will also prevent the growth of molds.
9. Make sure you do whatever is possible to control the humidity in the house. With so many soaked items in the house, the moisture level is bound to be high. So, make sure to use a dehumidifier. It will help in controlling the moisture in the house and speed up the water damage restoration process.
10. Avoid using an ordinary vacuum cleaner in the restoration process. To remove excess water, use maps and absorbent towels and papers instead.
11. Do not forget to disinfect. Flood waters contain all sorts of microbes. So make sure that disinfection is a major step in your restoration process.
Drying, reducing humidity, cleaning and disinfecting are the major and basic steps that you should not skip. Systematically following these steps and keeping the above things in mind will help you achieve success in your water damage restoration efforts.
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Author: Ramsay Danny
Danny Ramsay is a licensed professional premier restoration technician for fire and water damage, mold remediation services.