Water Damage Do and Don'ts

Water damage at your home or commercial property is a serious problem. You will need assistance from a professional plumber and a water damage restoration agency to get things back in order. While you are waiting for help to arrive, however, there are some things you should do to make the situation better. Likewise, there are things you absolutely shoud not do because they will only make things worse.

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DO these things to improve your situation

Get some ventilation going. Open up your doors, your windows, your cabinets – everything. Don’t let anything remain closed. Your aim here is to expose as much surface area to air as possible in order to quicken the drying out process. Use fans if you have them, but only if they’re plugged into a part of the house that’s not currently underwater.

Remove as much standing water as you can. Do this by using mops, sponges and clean white towels. However, it’s important that you don’t push or wipe the water. Simply use blotting motions to soak it up. Wiping or pushing could result in the water getting pushed deeper into your home or carpeting and increasing your problem.

Turn off the power to the soaked areas. You will want to remove the danger of electrocution from the water-logged area to do some cleaning and to help the plumber and the restoration agents do their work.

Move any furniture and belongings from the affected room to a safe and dry area. Taking your possessions to a dry place will make it easier to decide which need restoring and repair. It will also prevent your belongings from being exposed to further moisture.

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DON’T do any of these things for any reason

Don’t use your vacuum cleaner to suck up the water. This will not only get you electrocuted, but will also severely damage your vacuum cleaner. Use manual means of water removal, like with mops and pails.

Don’t use newspaper to soak up the water. The ink they use for newsprint runs and transfers very easily, which could then stain carpet and tile with hard-to-remove stains.

Don’t disturb mold. This is especially true if you spot a severe growth. Leave the mold remediation efforts to the professionals. Attempting to clean it yourself could mean exposing yourself to the harmful health effects of mold. Worse, you could inadvertently spread it to other areas of the house.

Don’t turn on your HVAC system until given approval from the restoration agency. Turning your HVAC system on before everything has been cleaned could spread moisture and mold all over the house.

By keeping these suggestions in mind, you will be able to rebound from any type of water damage and have your property restored. When it comes to picking the restoration team to help you with your property in the Gainsville, Ocala, and Lake City areas, you can’t go wrong with Dreyer’s DKI. We have years of professional experience in water damage restoration, as well as jobs that require repairing fire and storm damage. Contact us online or give us a call at 352-403-0350 and we’ll get back to you right away with your free estimate.