Here are 7 tips for cleaning up water damage. After your home has experienced water damage, you will find yourself cleaning up a watery mess. Whether it is ripping up carpet or tiles, tearing down drywall, and/or replacing furnishings, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you to get your home back in order.
When taking on the work yourself, follow these 7 tips for cleaning up after water damage affects your home.
Disconnect the Power and Gas Before Entering the Home’s Premises:
Before anything can be done, you need to shut down the electrical supply and shut off the gas. Turning off power leading into the affected area, especially if water rises above electrical outlets, will help reduce the risk of electrical shock. Turning off the gas will prevent harmful fumes from building up and seeping into your home.
7 Tips for Cleaning Up After Water Damage
Remove Important Items
Remove electronics, furniture, and any other important items immediately. The quicker you can get items out of the water, the better chance you will have of saving them. You can also try pulling up your carpets and underpadding or even some sticky back tiles to see what you can salvage.
Prepare for Water Damage Insurance Claims
Many homeowner’s insurance policies cover unexpected water damage. Contact your insurance adjuster immediately and take the following steps to prepare for the claim. It is important to note, water damage to your home is generally covered by a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. If the damage is considered sudden internal water damage, your policy usually protects you. However, it usually does not cover damage done by lack of maintenance or neglect, nor damage resulting from a flood.
To prepare for your insurance claim, take the following steps:
- Take photos to keep track of household items and home conditions.
- Keep damaged materials for proof of loss.
- Be present if an adjuster needs to visit your home.
- The adjuster will assess the damage to the house, providing you with a proof of loss statement to sign.
- Additional damages can be added when properly identified.
Remove Excess Water
Removing excess water is the most challenging part. If there is enough water that you need to turn off power, you will have to take the manual approach: gather buckets, towels and mops to try and get rid of as much water as possible. This can be physically taxing, so take breaks when necessary. If you have a way to supply power, or a backup generator, you can hook up an automatic pump or a wet vac to remove the water. Either way, it is essential to remove the excess water at the earliest possible time.
Dry Out the Damaged Area
When you have finished removing excess water, move on to the drying stage as soon as possible. Use fans, a dehumidifier and open any windows (as long as it is not raining, of course) to improve air circulation and help dry out the damaged area. Continue to circulate dry air. If it is humid and in the middle of the summer months, consider running the air conditioning to avoid a muggy interior to your home.
Clean and Disinfect the Damaged Area
After the damaged area has had time to dry, use a good disinfectant to remove any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, plumbing, or from outside, depending on your water source. Various affordable and accessible cleaning solutions can help clean the area, including bleach, ammonia, borax, vinegar, and baking soda.
Take Steps to Stop Mold Growth
Once the damaged area has been dried and cleaned, it is time to take preventative steps to stop mold from growing. Apply a mold control spray, like Concrobium, over the affected area according to directions on the bottle. Once the spray dries overnight, it will destroy any mold spores and provide continued blockage.
Dispose of Damaged Items in a Responsible Way
You will undoubtedly have damaged material or furnishings to get rid of – make sure to do it in the most responsible way you are able. You may be tempted to just throw everything into a dumpster or the trash and send it off, but many water-damaged materials can be sorted out and recycled. This way, you will do your part to prevent unnecessary waste and protect the environment. It is an additional step to recycle items, but it is well worth it.
Once you have water damage in your home, you will want to follow these 7 tips to clean up after water damage. You must stop the water from entering and dry up as much as possible. Contact your insurance agent and prevent mold from growing. Remove and discard damaged items in the most responsible way that you can.
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This is an updated blog. You will find the original blog published on August 19, 2018 Here.