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Avoiding Water Damage With Cleanup Tips

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There isn’t a hard and fast way to prepare for a flood. If you know the flood is coming, chances are, you’ll move precious items to the attic and elevate furniture if possible. Unfortunately, floods often come with little to no warning, even through exploding pipes, leaving very little time to prepare.

Of course, your first focus should be the safety of your family--after all, the things in your home can be replaced. We’ve compiled a few tips to make recovering from any type of flood a bit easier and to further minimize water damage within your home. Keep reading for more information!

Flooding Isn’t Always From Natural Causes

“commonwaterdamage”Most of the time, people think about flooding being from heavy rains, hurricanes, springtime snow melting, or even the tsunamis overseas.

Unfortunately, these events aren’t the only causes of flooding, and there are multiple sources right inside your home that could cause this devastating problem.

Often, leaking pipes and water heaters, clogged drains and sewer lines, faulty water hoses, and pipes bursting from freezing weather are reasons for indoor flooding. Unlike natural causes, these are relatively preventable by simply calling a plumber as soon as a problem is noticed.

Clean up Should Start Immediately

“quickly”To minimize the damage done by water, try to remove it as quickly as possible. This may require the use of a pump or simply using towels to dry up whatever is leftover.

Before using anything electrical in your home, consider having a professional to inspect things first to ensure that outlets and wires are safe to use.

After the water has been removed, it’s important to realistically survey the damage. Anything that was submerged in water will likely have damage, this includes floors, drywall, furniture, cabinets, bathtubs, and toilets.

The key is to be aware of possible issues--if you repair the obvious things like floors and drywalls but fail to remove a tub or toilet, mold will grow and spread, and the original work will probably have to be redone.

Drywall is very susceptible to water damage, but to repair it the areas that were wet and a few inches above it need to be removed--this process isn’t the worst but time should be allotted to allow any studs to dry out properly.

Scrubbing The Air

“makesure”When repairing and cleaning a home after a flood, don’t forget about the quality of the air you’re breathing! Because your home will be a small construction zone, it will have dust particles and fumes in the air almost constantly.

There is also the added possibility of mold growth. To keep your family breathing easily, consider purchasing or renting an air scrubber. These devices can keep musty smells at bay while minimizing the number of fumes and particles in the air.

Keep in mind that air scrubbers are meant to be a short-term solution. If you are noticing musty odors months after the damage has been repaired, there could be mold growing which means the attention of a professional is required.