To stick with the latest water damage topics of the week. This was a supplement on our first ever CE Class on Water Damage Restoration. Rapid Recovery Service would like to share some tips about water damage restoration.
Locate the source – then consider the following steps you can take now to improve restoration and help minimize damage to your building structure and possessions.
Water Mitigation Tips to Minimize Damage – Restoration
- If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river. If water has filtered through insulation during its intrusion. Therefore it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
- If the water is from an inside source, “Shut off the Main Water Shut Off Valve.” Determine the actual path the water has traveled.
- Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
- Call your insurance company immediately.
- Remove the surface water.
- If your home was damaged by a storm, if possible place a tarp over interior contents for protection from further elements.
- Keep children and family pets away from flood waters, which may contain harmful bacteria.
- Do not turn on your home’s electricity until your property has been inspected by a professional.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Place fans at 45-degree angles to walls and move large furniture away from walls to create the best air circulation.
- Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.
- If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth. Mold can grow at a stunning rate; it can start within 48 – 72 hours.
- Throw away all foods – even canned goods – that have come into contact with flood waters.
Where is the Water Shut-off Valve – Do you know? YOU SHOULD!!
“The first thing is to make sure you know where the main water shut-off is located. Also, how to turn all water off. A good way to make sure you are prepared would be to contact us for our Main Water Shut Off Valve tag
The week after a water damage or flood is just so crucial to keeping final costs of the damage down,” said Rapid Recovery Service Marketing Team Director “A lot of flood situations require professional equipment. Also, knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate. Furthermore, we want homeowners to know the steps they can take to help minimize damage until the professionals arrive.”