Do you have an issue where water is leaking into your home? If so, it's important that you act quickly. Not taking any action can only cause the problem to get worse, even if you are waiting for a professional to come and help you. These tips will help you deal with the immediate aftermath of water damage.
Remove Valuable Items
It is a good idea to start by removing any valuable items that could be salvaged from the water damaged area. This is especially true of electronic devices. Even if they were not submerged in the water, the moisture from the air can get into the device and cause rust to form on the circuitry. Unfortunately, this can be a problem that is not apparent until after you make an insurance claim. Remove the items as quickly as possible to prevent more damage from occurring.
Remove As Much Water As Possible
Your goal should be to remove as much of the standing water as you can to limit the amount of damage that is caused. It is a good idea to get a submersible pump to start moving that water out of your home. Connect a hose and pump the water as far away from your home's foundation as possible. Use a mop to clean up what remains on the floor when finished.
Circulate The Air
Air circulation is going to get rid of the moisture that is in the air. Open up as many windows as possible and use fans to create a cross breeze. This will help move the moisture out of the space and make it easier to dry. There are heavy-duty fans that you can rent from your local home improvement store that will circulate the air, and they'll do a much better job than what a regular box fan can do.
Remove Wet Carpeting
Know that carpeting is very cheap and easy to replace, and the costs to clean and restore the material is often not worth the hassle. Remove the wet carpeting from your home as soon as possible to help get the moisture out from the space. If not, you are going to have mold form within the carpet fibers and ruin the air quality in your home.
Once you've done these steps, you'll be ready for a water damage restoration company to come in and help fix all the damage that was caused.