Whether from floodwater, rainwater or a plumbing or appliance problem, a building that has been exposed to a lot of water needs immediate steps taken to preserve it and return it to its intended function. As soon as you learn of water damage, take action to dry the building, assess how much damage has been done and get repairs made.
Needs some advice? Here’s some information that may help you deal with the process of water damage remediation.
Remember that while flooding may happen relatively quickly, drying takes a lot of time. Natural ventilation is your best friend for this process. Evaporation is essential, and you can speed the process with fans. Don’t use heat or the AC system in a building for water damage abatement since these systems can worsen the problem and may be contaminated with mold or other organisms. Hot air especially can cause irreparable damage to some kinds of buildings, especially if the building is old or historic.
Before taking other water damage remediation efforts, deal with safety and health concerns. It doesn’t make sense to endanger yourself or others when handling water damage repairs. Turn off power to your building first — even if all power is out in a neighborhood. It could come back on at any minute. Check for leaking gas, and assume that the property may have been contaminated by sewage or animal waste if the water damage is from a natural disaster.
Protect your eyes and mouth, at a minimum, during any cleanup operations. And use disinfectants and gloves. In cases where contamination is obvious, leave the job to professional water damage remediators.
Be sure to take a lot of pictures if it’s safe to do so. Photos taken before the cleanup of the damage begins can document the damage and make recovering from your insurance company easier. Find out if and when their inspector will need to visit as well.
To prevent additional damage, make temporary roof and window repairs at the same time you are starting the drying process. Do a good job with your temporary repairs because they may need to last up to six months or perhaps more. You can use tarps or felt paper on the roof and plywood on the windows. When the roof is severely damaged, use plywood covered in tarps or felt.
Remember that water damage doesn’t just do one kind of damage but harms your structure in three ways. First, it does obvious and direct damage. Second, dirt, grime and contaminants create an unhealthy situation. And third, prolonged dampness can cause mold and other fungus or bacteria to growth, meaning that the health risks from a water damaged home actually increase rather than decrease over time if action isn’t taken.
When you have water damage at your home or business, let Orange Restoration take action to put things rights. Water damage cleanup and sanitation is a serious issue that needs to be handled carefully and by professionals in many cases. And no one can do the job better than Orange Restoration – Call (619) 376-6838 Today.