Whenever your home suffers water damage, you will want to cut off the water source and begin the cleanup process immediately.
Doing so will minimize the amount of damage and greatly reduce the chances of mold – which will only exacerbate the situation.
But how will you dry the area out first?
Here are some ways that will help you get excess water out of your way, allowing you to cleanup as quickly as possible:
- Open windows & doors to let your home breathe. If it’s nice out – the sun is shining but it’s not too humid – then go ahead and open your windows and doors in the affected area to allow air to circulate. It may also be a good idea to open cabinet and closet doors, and remove drawers if they are in the water damaged area.
- Turn on your fans. If you cannot turn to Mother Nature for help with natural airflow, then you can use high-powered fans to help dry out your home instead. Just make sure you don’t run your air conditioner or furnace blower if the ducts were submersed in water without cleaning them first.
- Use dehumidifiers. You will want to run a dehumidifier to reduce your chances of mold, which is bound to show up within 24-48 hours of your home suffering water damage. This rings especially true for closed-up areas, so use one to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
- Absorb moisture using desiccants. Desiccants are perfect for drying out areas that don’t get a lot of airflow. Examples of desiccants are clay-based cat litter, calcium chloride pellets or silica gel packets.
- Sump Pumps. If you have a large amount of standing water, then you may need to seek the help of a sump pump to get the water out. A sump pump is a submersible pump that will pump water out of your home through a hose or pipe, and you can pick one up at your local hardware store.
- Wet-Dry Vacuum. Carpet getting a little soggy? Try using a Wet-dry vacuum to suck the water out – NOT a regular vacuum! Wet-dry vacuums should also be carried at your local hardware store.
- Move soaked furniture items. Did your rug or furniture get caught in the mayhem? Move saturated items to an area where they can sunbathe and dry out.
- Call ServiceMaster Absolute. In the event that you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of water damage sustained, then you may be better off calling ServiceMaster Absolute to take care of the water remediation and restoration process. We offer 24-hour service, so we’re always ready to help no matter what time disaster strikes.