How To Prevent Water Damage

Posted on: 5 July 2016

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If a pipe bursts or a flood occurs in your home, you should immediately call water removal specialists. Water can cause a lot of damage to your home, as well as mold growth. While you wait for the water removal expert, here are ways you can minimize water damage:

1. Identify the water source.

Identify the source of the water. If you have a burst pipe, locate the main water cutoff valve for your home. It is usually located either in the basement or outside near the building. If you can't locate it, contact your water company.

2. Remove water from surfaces.

Remove excess water from your floors by mopping. You can also remove excess water from your walls and ceilings by blotting with towels or using a mop. To save your wood furniture, immediately wipe the water off with towels and take them outside away from the damp environment.

3. Remove wet objects.

Anything that gets wet needs to go outside. Remove wet bedding, clothes, rugs, cushions, or furniture. Once these items are outside, squeeze as much water out as possible and let them dry in the sun. If any items are ruined, or are too deeply soaked to dry before it develops mold, you need to throw them away.

4. Save your electronics.

Switch off all your breakers at the circuit breaker to ensure the power is off to prevent electrocution or electrical fires. Once you've done this, unplug all electronic items and move them to a dry area in your home. If one of your electronics gets wet, make sure you allow it to completely dry on the inside before attempting to power it on again.

5. Minimize carpet damage.

Besides furniture, the thing most likely to suffer the most water damage is your carpet. Here are some tips so you can minimize water damage to your carpet:

  • Use a wet/dry shop vac to suck the water from your carpet.
  • Remove the carpet if flooding is severe. Be careful not to damage the carpet, since you can reinstall it once it's dry.
  • Throw away the under-padding. Carpet under-padding soaks up water like a sponge and likely will not dry before it grows mold.

6. Dry out the room.

Once you've completed all the above steps, you need to completely dry out the rooms that were flooded. Here is a short list of how you can do this:

  • If you have an air conditioner, run it continuously. Air conditioning removes humidity and moisture from the air.
  • Use a dehumidifier and turn on fans. The fans will help push the damp air to the dehumidifier.
  • If it's not raining, open up all of the windows to let the damp air out.

These are ways you can reduce water damage to your home. If you have a flood, the best thing you can do is contact water removal contractors like Accutech Restoration.