Water Damage Cleanup That You Can Do Yourself in a Damaged House

posted on 06 Mar 2016 00:17 by flooddamage

Even though there are certain hazards when a home is flooded, there are some steps that homeowners can take themselves to clean things up. If the damage is serious, such as standing water, then a professional water damage restoration company should be called in.

However if you have seepage or minor levels of water or moisture, you can handle some things yourself. The first thing you should do is to dress properly. You should wear a mask for breathing, rubber gloves and heavier, long sleeved clothing in case the water has caustic materials in it.

Get rid of any furniture, rugs, overstuffed items such as pillows, and anything else that has soaked up the water, as you will never be able to bring those items back to life as mold will just grow in them.

Go to the rental store and rent several high-speed fans and let them run over the wet area until it is dry. Then when the area is dry, you will have to sanitize the area by washing down everything with a Clorox and water solution. This will kill the bacteria and mold that may not have attached itself yet.

If you see mold growing in patches in areas, it will be best for you to leave it alone and call in a mold remediation company to handle it. Mold does not just "wipe" off the surface, as it grows roots down into the surface of what it is growing on. You may think you have wiped it off, but the roots are still there, and it will regrow.

It doesn't take much to make a water restoration project much more than the homeowner is prepared to handle. If the water was only in a small area, it is possible for the homeowner to take care of it. If, however, the problem is more widespread, such as several rooms or an entire floor, you will be better advised to call in a professional water damage restoration company to do the work.

We all think that we can handle anything, but that is not going always to be the case in a water damage incident. If the damage is confined to a smaller area in a room, or an entrance way only, it might be possible for you to clean things, up but if it is in a larger area with walls, electrical sockets, furniture and a heavy amount of water, you might want to consider having a restoration company take on the job.

Safeguard Your Home From Water Damage

posted on 17 Nov 2015 08:27 by flooddamage

Flooded Basement

Although flooding inside your house is very easy to spot, there are instances wherein water damage is almost impossible to notice. These hard to notice water damage are caused by water or condensation that gradually seeps through floors, walls and any other parts of our house over time. By the time you take notice of it, it would be too late. The damage has been done will require costly repairs. As a matter of fact, water damage restoration would cost thousands of dollars.

Other than severe flooding, it is possible to avoid water damage. If we can avoid them, then we can avoid expensive repair jobs. To be able avoid water damage, it is important to know the effective preventive measures.

One of the simplest way to prevent water damage is to seal and insulate your windows and doors. This should be done because the rain and snow can enter your house through the gaps of your doors and windows. Over time, the continuous entry of rain and snow from the windows and doors would cause water damage to the surrounding areas.

Immediately fix ruptured pipes and plumbing no matter how small or how measly the water dripping from it. Even if the water leaking from the ruptured pipes is barely noticeable, it will still accumulate over time. In the end, this accumulated water would lead to water damage.

Construct gutters and ditches for your house. Water damage would also happen if too much rain water accumulates around your home. Make sure your rain gutters are clean and nothing obstructs the path of rain water. Anything the flow of rain water is obstructed, the water would overflow and might enter the house.

Make certain that there are no leaks coming from the roof. Any leak present must be fixed right away. Determine the cause of the leak and seal it. See to it that every wet roof insulation is replaced. Also check if the roof support is saturated or not.

Humidity and moisture must be regulated at all times. If it is too humid and moisture is too high inside your home, it would promote mold growth. Molds would cause damage to your walls, floors and ceilings. Aside from damage, it can also bring danger to a person’s health.

If your house sustains water damage, don’t try tackle the problem on your own. Seek the aid of a professional water damage restoration service.

 

Timeless Joke

posted on 16 Nov 2015 13:30 by flooddamage

This could be a timeless joke in my view. Haha:

"What would you call two banana skins? A pair of slippers."