When encountering a need for water damage cleanup, it is important to understand everything that goes into the water damage process. It’s also equally important to know that things you shouldn’t do. Understanding all these principles of water damage cleanup will go a long way in helping you know what to do if you are ever faced with a water damage disaster. Of everything there is to know, the most important is that you contact the professionals without delay after being affected by water damage. In the Westerville area, Mammoth Restoration is one such company that is here for you to restore your home to its original state and take the stress of dealing with a mess like this of off your shoulders. Below are a few of the most important do’s and don’ts regarding water damage cleanup.
Do- Air Out the Home as Much as Possible
As soon as you are able to do so, you should begin airing out and ventilating your home as much as possible. Doing this right away or putting it off for a time could be the difference between intensive or simple clean up jobs or the difference between fixable damage and unrepairable damage. To do this, you’ll want to open up the doors and windows to provide maximum ventilation. Any fans or dehumidifiers you have should also be utilized to help the water evaporate faster.
Do- Stop the Flow of Water as Soon as Possible
Obviously, this must be your first priority if your home is flooded. It’s critical that you locate the source of the flooding as soon as possible and neutralize it, The more water that floods into your home, the worse the resultant water damage will be.
Do- Utilize a Sump Pump
While airing out the home as much as possible is important, certain areas of your home where there is a lot of water will need a lot more than just ventilation. A sump pump is just the tool for taking care of the excess, standing water in your home. Fortunately, sump pumps are relatively inexpensive and you can purchase one for just a couple hundred dollars at your local department store. A sump pump will go a long way towards getting all the excess flood water pumped out of your home.
Don’t- Attempt to Clean Up Contaminated/Sewer Water
Oftentimes floodwater carries harmful bacteria and microbes with it. Sometimes this is obvious and you can even see the sewage in it. However, sometimes you can’t see it with the naked eye at all. The bacteria in the water have the potential to be very dangerous and should only be handled by a professional. If you have any doubts whether or not the water is clean always edge on the side of caution.
Don’t- Wait to Call for the Professionals to Help
After a flood, it can be an overwhelming prospect to consider getting it all cleaned up. Some people try to take this process on by themselves, however, it is really done best by the professionals. At Mammoth Restoration in the Westerville area, we have the proper training, equipment, and certification to get the job done right for you. That way you won’t have to worry about the mess of restoring your home along with all the stress that comes along with a home ravaged by water damage.