It doesn’t matter if the spill is large or small, when dealing with water damage to your home or business. The basic purpose is always the same, washing up the water and drying it all out. After the damage has happened this should be done as soon as possible. For as long as it sits the water continues to cause problems, and more serious issues like mold are only about 48 hours away. It’s imperative that you act fast. The CleanUP Guys
To act quickly does not of course mean to act ignorantly. Before a disaster strikes and leaves you hip deep in raw sewage, much of what is needed to properly address water damage may be taken care of right now. Take the time to ensure that your insurance covers water related problems is smart. Note, if the issue can be traced back to negligence of homeowners at all, then it will not be protected.
You can also rearrange your home for more planning in the event of a flood or other occurrence of water damage. Moving appliances and essential products to higher floors, higher power outlets and larger electrical boxes. Of course, none of this will guarantee your home less harm, but then it can’t hurt either.
Restauration of water damage is an involving, multi-layered process, consisting of certain steps to be taken in a certain order to ensure success. Failure to do so will result in some of the above following problems.
Whatever the size of the spill, the procedure can be broken down into four basic steps: Water Extraction-this is the process of removing the excess water from your land, usually by using a submersible pump operated by a wet-dry vacuum unit or gas. No electrical pumps should be used, and don’t try to remove water from your standard vacuum cleaner. You are just going to end up buying a new vacuum. Confide me on this.
If the flooding is inside your basement, be careful not to pump out the water too soon. This can result in sudden changes in the atmosphere, which can weaken your basement walls and make them vulnerable to collapse. Pump the water out at a rate of about one third a day. The bulk of the water may be extracted through the method of water extraction.
Secondary drying-surfaces that appear dry once the excess water is out but a cursory touch may show they are not. They can hold a large amount of water and the only way to dry it out is by blowing air. To get air moving through the house, open all windows and doors. Bring in a number of high-speed fans and blowers (plus the merrier) and dehumidifiers to help with the process. Turn the units around every few hours to ensure full drying coverage, and allow a few days to complete the process.
Repair-this includes cleaning and restoring any and all water-damaged objects, and may be the most time-consuming single step in the process. Damaged objects should be removed from the area and otherwise replaced. They may need to be washed, and in some cases desinfected. In sewage-based water damage it may become a matter of deciding what to save and what to throw out.
Restoration-this is the method of taking care of the elements in fine detail designed to get your home back to its pre-loss state. The home is ready at this stage to welcome its residents back.
The process can, of course, be much harder than defined, especially in larger water damage cases, but the overall concept and direction remains unchanged. The cycle may also take place over days or even weeks depending on the size, again. The project’s reach alone makes it beyond most homeowners ‘ abilities.