Water damage is not only an aesthetic problem, but it can be a life-threatening issue if you allow it to persist. If you face water damage, an intelligent move is to call the professionals. Water damage specialists have the industry-level tools and techniques to bring the issue under control professionally. Drying your home out soon after a water damage incident is critical; you can start working towards this immediately or get the professionals in as quickly as possible. Either way, this article features some tips related to the drying-out house after water damage.
Remove Water to Prevent Contamination
Get rid of all water and any standing water left in your home. You don’t want to risk mold, bacteria, or other nasty stuff growing because you didn’t clean up after the flood damage. Remove everything from your kitchen, bathroom, and all the other rooms that might have been affected by the water leak.
Air Out Your Home
It would be best if you opened up all of your windows to let fresh air inside your home. Open them as wide as you can to expose them to sunlight and not drafts or moisture from outside. This will help eliminate any remaining moisture in your home, making it easier for professionals like us to dry out the damaged areas with dehumidifiers (if needed).
Save your belongings
Remove any valuables and furniture that might be affected by water damage; this includes the mattress, box springs, pillows, couch cushions, documents, electronics, and so on. Some items can create a breeding ground for mold or bacteria if they are not appropriately cleaned after water damage. So make sure to clean them up as soon as possible with proper cleaning products explicitly designed for soaking up water.
Use plastic bags or other waterproof containers to store anything you want to keep dry, which will prevent any further damage.
Clean your walls
A mixture of bleach and water could be an ideal solution to clean your walls if the water damage type is category 1. The cleaning solution you need to use can vary depending on factors such as the wall type and the water damage type. Make sure to use a sponge or rag with this mixture so that you don’t get any of the bleach on your walls. Then wipe it all down with a clean cloth to remove any excess moisture from them.
Use fans to speed up the drying process inside your home, especially if there is still standing water left inside after cleaning up everything else. If you have no fans, open some windows and get the air moving.
Use a dehumidifier to dry out any remaining moisture inside your home, especially in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. You can buy a cheap dehumidifier online for as little as $20, or you can rent one. However, keep in mind that using such dehumidifiers should be considered only as a first-aid solution, which will usually have a temporary effect.
The seriousness of water damage can vary from case to case. You need specialists to assess the situation, permanently alleviate any concerns, and use industry-grade dehumidifiers and pertinent machinery. We will bring this machine with us when we come to clean up your home.
When it comes to the carpet, make sure that you use a carpet cleaning machine with professional-grade attachments to extract all of the water from your carpets and upholstery. This will help prevent mold or mildew growth after water damage occurs.
You can also place fans in the rooms you want to dry and turn them on for a few hours. This will help speed up the process of drying out your carpets.
Be cautious with chemical cleaning solutions
Ensure that you take all of the necessary precautions when using any chemical cleaners for flood cleanup services. We only recommend these types of cleaners when a severe flood has caused serious damage to your home. Using chemical solutions without prior knowledge can be dangerous, especially when you don’t have the proper tools.
Add a fresh coat of paint
After your home has been cleaned up and dried out, it is always a good idea to give the interior surfaces of your home a fresh coat of paint. This will prevent any lingering mold or mildew from growing inside after you have done all of the cleaning and drying work we do for you.
Seek professional assistance
It is always a good idea to have a second pair of eyes check the results of any water cleanup work before you call us for our flood cleanup services. This will ensure that all areas are clean and safe from mold or bacteria and free from excess moisture so that they can dry out properly after cleaning up.
Drying out your home after water damage is an essential step in the process of restoration. However, it can be time-consuming and expensive if you do not take the proper precautions. Don’t put off the drying out process because of inexperience, lack of tools, and expertise. You can also call a professional immediately to begin the process of drying out your home. The sooner you get started, the less time it will take to dry out your home and restore all of its original functionality. To find a reliable company in your area, fill out our contact form below, and we’ll be happy to help!