In part one of the two-part series on DIY water damage fixes, we covered areas such as self-protection, cutting off water supply, and property assessment either by your insurance company or through a professional restoration company.
In part two of the series, we will look at what follows after.
Deal with Standing Water First
Before you can start any kind of restoration or repair work, you need to get rid of all the standing water. If you are looking at a small kitchen leak, then towels and a bucket will suffice. If however, the damage is huge, then you need to pump the water out. Again, this is something best left to professionals who will take the necessary precautions (since we are dealing with water and electricity here) before starting any kind of work.
Drying Out the Excess Moisture
After your standing water issue has been resolved, now it is time to dry out the affected areas and to deal with moisture build up. Free flowing air is the best remedy for drying out moisture. So open the windows and doors, if the weather Gods permit, and turn on your fans and dehumidifiers and let the air in. In a water damage, in addition to your flooring, the walls, and your furniture can also get affected. So if it important to ensure that all affected areas and items are sufficiently aired and dried out to prevent moisture build up. The last thing you want is a mold issue.
Continue the Drying out Process for a Week or 10 Days Minimum
In the above point we mentioned mold growth. Mold just needs a damp and moist environment to grow. When water damage happens, these are the two elements which if not addressed properly, can lead to a mold issue. So even if you feel the water is all gone, it is best that you keep the air flowing for a week or even 10 days after the water damage has taken place. Again, if you can, keep the windows open and use fans and dehumidifiers on a regular basis. The idea is to dry out completely and prevent any kind of moisture buildup.
Disinfect to Avoid Any Organic and Harmful Growth
Standing water can be a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and even virus. So disinfect the area using safe disinfectants which are readily available in the market or if the situation is extensive, then seek professional help from a restoration technician. You don’t want your property to become a breeding ground for germs and other dangerous organisms.
Don’t Be Reckless about Disposing Damaged Goods
Just like you segregate your trash, when dealing with goods impacted by water damage, it is necessary to dispose items in a responsible manner. Divide the damaged goods into appropriate piles and then dispose it instead of mass filling your dumpster with anything and everything.
Even if you are dealing with a relatively small water damage situation, if care is not taken to deal with it in a systematic manner, the situation can worsen and lead to all kinds of complications. So a proactive approach is always your best option. Just regular maintenance of your plumbing, and timely repairs to property, or even preventive care in the form of blocking any gaps, cracks and crevices can go a long way in deflecting any potential water damage to your property. And in the event, a water damage cannot be avoided, then your best option is a professional restoration company.