Water damage can occur as a result of a natural disaster or a broken water pipe in a home. When you are evaluating your options for water damage restoration, it will be important to follow a few tips to save time, money and your items when you are in the process of saving your items.
It will be important to remove all items from the area that has been flooded. Most people experience flooding in their basement or garage where there are boxes and items stored. Removing items from cardboard boxes will be an important step to save the contents of the boxes.
If your basement or garage has water standing in it, rent a pump to remove the water. Once the standing water has been removed, use a wet/dry vacuum and go over all surfaces that are damp to remove the water that may have seeped into cracks, concrete, or carpet.
When water has encroached on drywall, you may need to remove the part of the drywall that has been damaged. Be sure to check behind the damaged drywall for insulation and make sure that it has not been damaged in the flooding. If the water has reached the wiring in the room, an electrician should be called to make sure that it is not damaged before you replace insulation and drywall.
If you have photographs that have been damaged by the water, spread them out and allow them to dry in a clean area. If photos are stuck together, you may need to take them to a professional photo shop to have them separated without damaging the photos further. In addition, specific steps must be taken to dry damaged books. Do not stack your books on top of each other and do not leave books closed while they are drying. If you are restoring a special book, you may want to take the time to dry each page with a hair dryer or take the book to a book restorer who can dry the pages properly and restore the cover of the book.
Talking to a professional water damage restoration professional will be important. They will be able to give you important information and details about what steps to take to protect your items from further damage. When water damage occurs, mould is an issue that must be addressed. It will be important that before you put items back in the room that it has been completely dried, cleaned and sanitized to keep any bacteria or mould from forming once contents have been replaced.