Water damage can be caused by a variety of things such as a burst pipe, excessive rain or accidental spills.a limited area The National Flood Insurance Program says that as little as an inch of water can cause serious damage.
The first 24-48 hours are crucial when it comes to dealing with water damage. You should begin the process of water extraction during this time period to prevent the growth of mold. Mold can cause serious health problems for people who are allergic to it and for people with compromised immune systems.
After a flood, you should use fans for ventilation and to help circulate air throughout the flooded area.
To remove all free-standing water use a water vacuum. When cleaning carpet and upholstery make sure that you always use a vacuum that is made to extract water. Using a vacuum that is not made to extract water will not only be ineffective at removing the water but it will also damage the vacuum.
You can use sponges, a mop, towels or anything else that is made to absorb water to cleanup the water from all other affected areas.
If you have wood-paneling you should remove it immediately from the walls and give it, and the wall, adequate time to dry our before putting it back on.
The EPA suggests that you should always dispose of any books and/or paperwork that are not valuable or are a necessity to keep if they have been damaged by water. All damaged fiberglass insulation needs to be removed and disposed of as well.
Cleaning up after water damage has occurred is a painstaking and utterly exhausting project. In most cases it is best to let a professional handle any and all water damage restoration projects. It is simply not worth the effort and the possible risk of injury to yourself through an accidental slip and fall. In most cases if you have insurance there is no reason to go through all this backbreaking work yourself anyway. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover this kind of repair. If you are not sure whether or not your policy covers water damage cleanup and restoration a simple and short call to your agent should give you all the information you need to know. In fact most restoration companies work directly with your insurance company so you never have to pay even one penny out of your own pocket.