Cleaning up the damage from a water disaster in your Pelham home can be an exacting and involved process. To help you manage all the different things to do and not do after a flood, below are the few most important steps to take after a flood. In other words, here is your flood damage cleanup checklist according to our restoration experts at Restoration 1 of Birmingham.
You should never risk your own well-being for speed or convenience. There are a host of safety risks that accompany water damage so it is important to be aware of these dangers. Some of the hazards to look out for are contaminated water, structural damage, and mold. The best way to avoid these hazards is to simply contact a professional cleaning and restoration company for help. Their equipment and experience will allow them to safely, quickly, and effectively restore the damage to your home.
After safety, your first priority during a flood is to stop the flow of water as soon as possible. If the water is coming from your pipes, the easiest way to do this is to simply shut off your water valve. Make sure you know where your water shut off valve is located and how to use it so you can be prepared in the case of a flood.
Once the flooding has ended, it is important that you remove the floodwater as soon as possible. The longer flood water remains in your home, the greater to your home the damage will be. This occurs through structural damage to your home and mold growth. The best way to ensure this happens quickly is to call a professional cleaning and restoration company for help right away.
The task of preventing further damage to your home and mold growth isn’t over until you dry out every last bit of moisture in your home. Even devoid of pools of water, mold can prosper and spread if small amounts of moisture remain in your walls. There are a couple easy things you can do on your own to speed this process up. The easiest way is to open your doors and windows to allow for more natural air circulation throughout your home. You can also set up fans around the most affected parts of your home to further speed up the drying process.
This is a simplified version of how the flood damage cleanup and restoration process works, but it lays out the basics well. The two keys to remember are safety and speed. Obviously, safety is always the first priority. Your well-being is not worth risking to speed up the restoration process or avoid inconvenience. The next most important key, though, is speed. The sooner you remove the water from your home, the more effectively you will be able to prevent further damage to your home and move on with your life. In summary, be safe and swift and you follow the steps above and don’t ever hesitate to give us a call at Restoration 1 of Birmingham for help.