One of life’s little inconvenience is the unexpected disaster that can cause damage to our belongings or our entire house. One definite possibility for all of us at some point or another in our lives is going to be water damage. This damage can come in a number of different forms such as floods, burst water pipes or devastating storm. Whatever way it interposes on our lives the process of cleaning water damage should take place as quickly as possible.
The first step in attempting to clean water damage is to assess exactly what kind of water it is. Water can be classed based on its toxicity or contamination. Some water that invades the home may have come from sewage systems or have chemical or biological contaminants in them. If you can determine that this is the case then anything that has been affected by this kind of water should be disposed of.
Water damage that has occurred longer than 48 hours prior will more than likely have begun the mold growth process. Mold should be quickly identified and it should be cleaned away immediately. This is a health precaution because breathing the spores from mold can cause respiratory problems, a definite possibility if you are doing some heavy work in the vicinity.
Once the water has been removed from the home it will be time to begin the drying process. Lifting and starting the water removal process in carpet is a necessary early step. A water extraction vacuum will come in useful here. Following that the room will benefit from opening windows and running overhead fans if they are installed in the room will help the general air circulation. If overhead fans are not available it might simply be a case of running a dehumidifier in conjunction with electric fans or heaters.
The main idea is to begin the water damage restoration process as early in the piece as possible. The longer it is left the greater the water damage that is going to take place.