Flood damage happens fast and, at many times, unexpectedly especially after a long period of steady and substantial rain. You may end up asking yourself how it happened and how to fix the water damage. What steps should you take? What water restoration equipment to use? Those are all legitimate questions when pondering whether to hire someone or fix water damage yourself in order to restore your home or business to its previous state.
The good news is that you have options! Deciding to fix water damage really depends on the amount and size of the damage. This is definitely important when deciding to remove mold that accumulated because of a flood. Some jobs may just be too extensive for the regular consumer to attack alone and this is when you’ll want to hire someone that provides flood restoration services.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you decide to fix water damage alone:
- Always remove standing water before attempting to fix damage. Basement sump pumps are great for this and kick into action without any user intervention when flooding occurs. If frequent basement flooding is a problem at your location, consider installing a sump pump for future flooding prevention.
- You can also use a high velocity air mover to speed up the drying process. Or sit your items outside in an area that will get plenty breezes.
- Wet items should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. In some cases, you will want to throw out the items that were submerged in flood water like mattresses and stuffed animals. These items soak up water as well as toxins and bacteria. Utensils, dishes, glasses, etc. can be cleaned.
- Wood should be thoroughly dried and cleaned immediately to help prevent additional mold.
- Products like bleach are highly recommended for flood damage. Bleach is a powerful disinfectant and can also be used on the mold that is likely to appear.
- If you prefer, use a commercial cleaner designed for flood cleaning and follow manufacturer’s directions completely.
Use other equipment like HEPA vacuums, and air purifiers to clean any airborne toxins from the flooding.
As long as you have the proper equipment, cleaning supplies and an accurate understanding of the damage then you should have no problem fixing the damage yourself. When the damage is obviously extensive, or even if you decide halfway in that it’s too much, you should hire the services of a water restoration company to handle the job for you.