There are only a few ways that your home can become destroyed quickly with elements that are found in nature, such as fire and flood. Water exposure can be so damaging to your home because it tends to flow and seep into many areas of your home, including small nooks and crannies, seams and holes. As you handle water damage, before you can tackle mold growth and mildew smells inside your home, you will need to take care of the moisture in the area and its damage it causes to your home interior. Here are some recommendations to help you take care of water damage and restore your home's interior to maintain its condition and value.
Using Appropriate Timing to Dry Out
One of the first and most important elements to cleaning up after a water disaster in your home is the time you take to clean it up. Time is of the essence with water damage and the longer it stays on your surfaces and in your home's materials, the more likely it will be to have mold growth. Mold can start to grow in as quickly as two days. So as soon as you find a moisture leak, whether it is a small drip under your bathroom sink or a large flood of water from your washing machine on your basement laundry floor, start the clean up process immediately.
Shut off the water to the leak source and begin collecting water. You can use a shop vacuum to help suck up standing water on the floor or in the carpets or rent a commercial pump to expel the home to the outside of your home or down a sewer drain. A mop is also a great way to absorb water on floors and inside cabinets.
Look into some methods to help circulate the air inside your home while you remove moisture from the air. Window box fans or stand fans are a great option along with ceiling fans and your home's HVAC ventilation system. Your HVAC can help you warm the air to aid in drying when you turn on your home heater, and if the system includes a dehumidifier you can get a great reduction in the excess humidity in your home to speed up the drying process. If your home does not have a dehumidifier built in, you can buy or rent on to set up in a room of your home where the moisture is most prevalent.
Seek Professional Assistance
When it comes time to repair your home's furnishings, wood cabinets, carpeting, and flooring from water damage, a professional restoration service is a great solution. They have specialized equipment to help you restore items, such as books and important documents along with restoring wood furniture and upholstered items.