Let’s face it, water damage cleanup is the last job that anyone wants to take on. Unfortunately, circumstances are not always so fortunate. If your home is ever flooded, our goal at Mammoth Restoration in Columbus, Ohio is to help you get through the restoration process with as little trouble and stress as possible.
Your first priority after a flood is always to put safety first. There are numerous hazards that may present themselves after a flood so it is important to take safety seriously. A few of these hazards are contaminated water, mold growth, and structural damage. Contaminated water occurs when floodwater contains dangerous bacteria and microorganisms. You should avoid this as much as possible since it can lead to serious illness if ingested. Mold growth poses a threat because it is very unhealthy to inhale. Inhaling mold spores leads to coughing, runny nose, and respiratory symptoms for most people. Finally, structural damage is another danger stemming from flooding. This is because a flood may cause unseen damage to the structure of your home making parts of your home prone to collapsing without notice.
Remove The Water From Your Home ASAP
The best thing you can do to minimize the water damage your home sustains after a flood is to remove the floodwater as quickly as possible. You can do this by using a sump pump in your basement to pump out the excess water. You can buy a sump pump for just a couple hundred dollars at most local department stores. This is the best way to immediately begin getting the excess water out of your home. Once the floodwater has been removed, you will next want to dry out all the remaining moisture as much as you can. Even small pockets of remaining moisture can lead to mold growth and other issues.
Take An Inventory
After a flood, you should take a detailed inventory of the valuable possessions in your home. In this inventory, you should document the pre-flood condition and the post-flood condition of each of these objects. Ideally, you should take written notes and take pictures of the objects to be thorough. This will make things go much more smoothly for you when it comes to filing an insurance claim. Dealing with insurance companies can be a major hassle and taking the time to do an inventory before the claim will be easily worth the effort.
Call The Pros
Calling the pros to have them bear the brunt of the restoration work is the best way to make the restoration process pain-free. There is a lot that goes into water damage restoration and most people who attempt to do it on their own end up regretting it. Unless you are prepared to put in large amounts of man-hours, invest in the proper equipment, and deal with the health hazards of water damage cleanup your best bet is to give us a call at Mammoth Restoration in Columbus, Ohio to take care of the job for you.