Water damage in your home can be a nightmare. Whether it's a burst pipe, a flood, heavy rain or even something on a smaller scale, the process of cleaning up the water damage is something that needs to be carried out properly.
In this article we'll take you through the steps you should take for an effective water damage clean up:
First, you need to locate the source of the water and stop it. This can be easier in some cases than others but if you can stop the flow of water, then obviously do your best to so. For example, if you have a burst pipe that is causing the water damage, you can turn off your main water supply.
Next, you'll want to assess the amount of what's involved with the clean up process. If it's simply a case of a damp patch on the ceiling or something else that has not caused any real physical damage, then you can probably resolve the situation completely by yourself. If however, the water has caused physical damage to the structure of your home such as destroying drywalls or flooring, then you'll probably need the help of a professional.
After assessing the amount of the water damage cleanup required, remove any objects or furniture if they are sitting on a wet patch. You'll want to dry out the wet area as much as possible. Be sure to open a window to get some fresh air circulating through the room and also use fans to help increase the airflow. As well as drying out the wet patch, this will also help reduce the smell that can be associated with dampness. Also useful for a water damage cleanup is to use a dehumidifier. This will reduce any moisture in the air, further helping to dry out any damp areas. Just leave the dehumidifier running until the wet patch is completely dry, this will prevent the build up of mold in your home.
Next in the clean up process is to use a mild disinfectant on the wet area to kill any harmful bacteria in the form of mold and mildew. Be sure the detergent you use will not permanently damage the surface though, for example, if you're using it on a carpet, certain bleach can stain it or remove the color.
Be sure to disinfect any objects that came in contact with the water also, to avoid harmful bacteria and germs spreading.
These methods should result in an affective water damage cleanup, and prevent the damage getting any worse. However, if it's in a larger scale where you have actually sustained structural damage to your home, then you'll really need the help of a professional. In the meantime, you can dry the area out as much as possible and prevent the build up and spreading of mold.
Finally, be sure the cause of the water damage is seen to and repaired, so that it does not happen again!