You may think that a flood is the most common way for a home to have water damage but actually there are things that can happen that can damage your home just as much as a flood. Things like pipes that burst or water leaks on your roof can cause all sorts of water damage to your home. Here are some tips to help you clean up the water damage that may have happened to your home.
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Whatever the reason you have to clean up the water in your home it’s important to first be safe. When water has flooded areas of your home it may be safer to let the water subside before entering any area that has water damage. This is especially true in areas that have electrical outlets that are under water. It is a very dangerous situation when electrical outlets are underwater and you should disconnect the electrical power immediately and do not go into the area where the water is present.
If you have a roof leaking, then remove any electronics to another room or area of the home that isn’t affected.
First thing you’ll need to do is shut off the power to the effected area. This is especially true if the water is higher than the electrical outlets on the wall. Make sure that all electricity is shut off before entering any water damaged area. Once the power is turned off then you can remove items such as electronics to prevent any further damage. Since the slightest hint of moisture on many electronics may cause damage it’s important to remove them from the affected area.
If you have a roof leaking, then remove any electronics to another room or area of the home that isn’t affected. You may also need to remove any rugs that may be in the room. Keep buckets and pots handy to trap water that may still be leaking. Dump them in the bath tub if the leak keeps filling them up. By trapping the water before it soaks into the floor or carpet you could be preventing more damage from occurring.
When the leak has been stopped or the storm has passed you can start the process of removing the water that has entered the home.
When You Have the Leak Under Control
When the leak has been stopped or the storm has passed you can start the process of removing the water that has entered the home. One of the best ways to get rid of water from a leak is by using a shop vacuum or wet-dry vacuum. It works well removing water and debris from an area and has the ability to suck up water from carpets and furniture.
The most important thing is to remove the water as soon as possible. Letting the water remain in the home can cause all sorts of problems. If the water remains too long you can start to have rot occuring in structural areas of the home causing the home to be structurally unsafe. If it’s left long enough there also may be a chance for mold growth to occur which can be dangerous to your health. Cleaning up the water is a must even if you can’t immediately fix the leak.
Find the Source of the Problem
Before you repair anything it’s important to find the source of the leak. Just because water was coming from your ceiling doesn’t mean your roof was leaking. Plumbing pipes can sometimes burst causing all sorts of water damage especially if it burst in the ceiling. Damage to walls and ceilings is common and you’re more likely to need a plumber rather than a roofer if this occurs.
That’s why it’s so important to find the source of the leak. If you’re not sure where to look then you’re going to need to hire a home improvement expert to check it for you. Sometimes finding a leak can be difficult if the leak is small and experts with special tools may be required.
What Should You Do If You Home Has Water Damage
If your home has water damage and you’re not quite sure what to do next then it may be time to call the professionals. If your home has water damage then consider calling the professionals at Downriver Cleanup and Restoration to get your home back to normal. They will cleanup any water damaged areas and also provide service to fix the problems that caused all the problems to begin with.