DIY Water Restoration Whether you have a flood in your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or laundry room, it is unpleasant. What makes things even more difficult is that not all flooding is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. So, if you didn’t get the extra flooding coverage you need, then water restoration can be costly. While you may find out at the worst time that your water damage isn’t covered, there are some restoration steps you can take to reduce the overall cost. These DIY water restoration tips will help you save your home and money. Safety First Before trying to remove or repair anything, you need to consider your safety. Bacteria can grow in the flooded areas of your home. It is important to wear the proper attire to ensure your safety. You will want to wear things such as a mask, gloves, and footwear. Remove Non-Damaged Items Once you have the proper protective wear, the next step in your DIY water restoration process is to remove any undamaged items. You will want to remove these items as quickly as possible. The longer non-damaged items sit in or are close to standing water, the more likely they will become damaged. Removing these items will help you save money by not having to replace certain things. Remove Damaged Items After you remove all the non-damaged items, you will want to remove all the damaged items. There is no need to hold onto these items. Damaged things should be taken to the curb. Removing water-logged items can be exhausting and time-consuming, but can save you money. Many water restoration companies will remove these items for you; however, the price of the overall project will go up drastically. Remove Water In some cases, there is just too much water for you to remove yourself. When there is too much water, it is best to call a water restoration professional. For smaller amounts of water, you will be able to remove the water yourself. The best way to do this is with a shop vac or two. The water-removal process may take some time, but it will put money back in your bank account. Clean and Disinfect Once all items (damaged and non-damaged) and water have been removed, it is time to clean and disinfect. Cleaning and disinfecting is an important step as it will save you and your family from more problems. You will want to clean the floors and walls like you would with any other area of your house. After cleaning the area, you will want to disinfect with Lysol. You can use bleach to disinfect, but Lysol is safer and works just as well. Dry Area Out Even with the water gone, the flooded area will still have moisture built up. To remove the moisture, you will want to get air flowing through the area. You can get air to flow by opening windows and using big fans. As a rule of thumb, if you think the area is dry, then you should continue to move air 24 hours a day for a week. Professionals Are Here to Help While doing water restoration yourself saves you money, it isn’t always practical. Whether there is too much water or you don’t have the right equipment, MD Water Restoration can help you restore your home. Contact MD Water Restoration today.