About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Immediately following a plumbing emergency, natural disaster, or other flood related crisis, contacting a reputable water damage restoration contractor will be an important part of restoring your home to its previous glory. However, what you do while you wait for this contractor to arrive can be just as important. This is because every moment that passes, the water damage to your home can continue to spread. This is why it is essential that you act quickly to stop the spread of damage while you wait for help to arrive. Following the steps outlined below will allow you to accomplish this task.
Step 1: Get Rid Of All Standing Water
If there is still standing water present in your home, the most important thing you can do is to quickly remove as much of this water as possible. This is because the longer this water is allowed to sit, the more water your furnishings and building supplies will absorb.
The fastest and most effective way to remove large amounts of standing water from your home is with a wet/dry vac. These shop vacs are safe to use on any surface and will allow you to easily dispose of several gallons of water at one time.
If you do not have access to a wet/dry vac in your time of need, begin by removing large amounts of water with a bucket or large bowl. Once the water level is low enough that you can no longer remove substantial amounts of water using the bucket method, you can remove the remaining water using a mop or towels.
Step 2: Remove Humidity From The Air
The humidity levels in your home following a flood will be naturally quite high as the air is forced to take on excess amounts of moisture. Unfortunately, these high humidity levels can easily contribute to the growth of mold and mildew and may prevent your home from drying out in a timely fashion. In order to ensure that the excess water in your home is able to evaporate properly, you will need to take steps to remove the moisture that is already present in your air supply. This can be done using a dehumidifier, as well as by turning on your home's HVAC system.
Step 3: Start The Drying Process
The process of drying out your home may take several days to complete, even with the help of a qualified contractor. However, you can and should start this process before your contractor arrives. This is because the faster you begin the drying process, the faster you will be able to stop the spread of water damage throughout your home.
The most important thing to remember during the drying process is to ensure the air in your home is always moving. This will prevent moisture in the air from settling on new surfaces. The best way to do this is to use as many fans as possible. If the air outside is not too humid, you can also encourage air flow by opening all of the windows in your home. Consult a water damage restoration contractor for more information and tips.Share
8 January 2015