You never want water damage to impact your home. However, what you want and what you get don't always line up. If water damage affects your home, it is essential to know how you should respond so that you can keep the damage to your home as low as possible.
The good news is that other people have been where you are before, and there are some tried-and-true methods for dealing with water damage that you can utilize, so you don't have to find yourself sitting there wondering what you need to do.
Take Care of the Electronics
When it comes to water damage, the first thing you need to do is take care of the electronics. Water and electricity don't mix, which is why this should be at the top of your mind when dealing with water damage. You will want to go and turn off the circuits at your electrical box for any of the rooms impacted by water. This will stop the flow of electricity to that room. Then, if you can safely do so, unplug any and all electronics in that room. Be cautious and careful; you don't want to get electrocuted. You shouldn't turn on any electronics in the rooms impacted by the water damage until the areas are formally inspected by a professional.
Get Rid of Water and Moisture
Once the area is safe for you to enter, it is time to think about getting rid of the water and the moisture. How you go about that depends on how much water is present. You will want to get rid of the water first, which will require you to use different tools, from a mop and a broom to remove the water to a sump pump.
Getting rid of the standing water is just the first step. After that, you need to get rid of the moisture as well. However, getting rid of the moisture can be a little more complicated. The moisture may not be as visible, but it is just as essential to get rid of.
You can get rid of the moisture by using fans and industrial-sized dehumidifiers. They will help remove the moisture from the air and from materials in your home, such as the carpet, wood, and other building materials. The sooner you get rid of the moisture, the less chance of mold developing, and the better the chance is that your belongings will make it through the cleaning process without getting damaged.
Take Away Damaged Material
Finally, you will want to remove damaged material from the area. Focus first on removing any and all porous material from the space. Porous materials are things that soak up water—such as upholstery and drywall. You want to get these items out of the way as soon as possible so that they will stop absorbing water. Some of these items can be saved, and others will be done for.
When water damage hits your home, turn off the electricity first, get rid of the water, and focus on removing damaged materials from the impacted space.
For more information, contact a local water damage restoration company.