Water can intrude into your home quite unexpectedly and for a variety of reasons. You might have a faulty pipe connection, blocked drain, leaky roof or malfunctioning appliance. A bad storm could pass through, leaving you with a wet basement.
The longer water is allowed to stand around, the deeper the moisture can penetrate. Your home’s floors, walls, carpets and furniture could be significantly damaged. If the water is not cleaned up within 1 to 2 days, there is a high chance that mold growth will occur, affecting your home’s indoor air quality and creating health problems for you and your family. If electrical appliances are not operated correctly around wet surfaces, serious injury can result.
The key to minimizing household water damage is to act quickly to clean up the water and dry out all wet surfaces. If you do not have the right equipment to take care of the water intrusion, it is best to call a water damage restoration service like Tri State Restorations. Our expert technicians can quickly dry, deodorize and disinfect the areas flooded or damaged by water, saving you possible injury and significant economic burden.
Here are 10 tips to help you minimize water damage to your home:
1. Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
2. Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk. Remove any area rugs from the floor to dry.
3. Ventilate wet areas. Turn on the air conditioning for accelerated drying in the summer; in winter, alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
4. Transport computers, artwork and furniture to a dry environment, if possible.
5. Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.
6. Punch tiny holes in a sagging ceiling to relieve trapped water. Make sure to place something underneath the holes beforehand to trap any water.
7. Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
8. Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
9. Don’t operate TV’s, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.
10. Call your insurance carrier.
When water intrudes into your home, the key to minimizing water damage is to act quickly before moisture has an opportunity to penetrate into floors, walls and carpets. If the water intrusion is significant and you cannot take care of the situation yourself, call a water damage restoration service like Tri State Restorations. Our expert technicians can properly address the water damage, saving you significant money and headaches.