Discovering water damage in your basement is a disheartening feeling, but you shouldn't spend too long staring at the problem in disbelief. Although it's best to quickly call a damage restoration company, such as Flagship Restoration, it's possible to take matters into your own hands if the company can't arrive for a day or two. Removing the water and starting to deal with the dampness can not only reduce your restoration bill, but can also prevent the issue from worsening in the hours ahead. Here are three tips to help you begin to address the situation.
Remove What You Can
It's easy to be frozen by shock when you notice significant water damage in your home, but whether there's half an inch of water on the floor or more than a foot, your first order of business is to jump into action and remove as many possessions as possible to limit the damage they endure. Lift away furniture, storage boxes and anything else in the affected area and transport these items to a dry, well-ventilated area of your home. Depending on the nature of each item, have a family member use towels or a hair dryer to begin drying the things you believe can be salvaged. Open boxes and spread out their contents to allow each item to dry individually.
Get Rid Of The Water
Another immediate priority is to begin removing the water from your home, which you can do in a variety of methods. For minor cases of water damage, absorb the water with thick towels and heavy sponges and then dump the excess water outside or in your bathtub. If you have access to a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, suck up the water until you fill the machine's reservoir. Dump the water and continue this process until the area is dry. Depending on the degree of flooding, this process can take considerable time and effort but is a necessary step toward restoration.
Start The Drying Process
When you've removed the standing water from the area, survey the scene and pull up any rugs or carpets that are trapping moisture. Doing so is an important way to impede the growth of mold. Provided it's not raining outside, open the windows, place as many fans as you own in the room and use a dehumidifier to pull extra dampness out of the space. Check the humidifier every few hours to remove the water reservoir, which will likely fill quickly given the nature of your situation.Share
30 June 2015
A few years ago when I bought my first home, I had no idea the problems I would encounter. Soon after moving in, I realized that the bathroom was filled with water problems and that the garage door opener ceased to function. After fixing a few leaks and replacing a motor, things started to work a little better. However, I couldn't get over how difficult it was to spot the issues in the first place. On my website, you will learn how to find issues and repair them, so that you don't have to face the same trouble I did.