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Cleaning Up Water Damage: What You Can Do Yourself

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When you experience water damage in your home, you can find yourself frustrated and worried about what you can do to limit the fallout. Even if the cause of the flooding has been taken care of, you find yourself left with a soggy mess to take care of. Water damage cleanup can be a difficult and highly involved task. However, there are steps you can take yourself to begin the process before the experts can come into your home and finish off the job. The sooner you start, the sooner you can put the whole flooding ordeal behind you and enjoy your home once again. 

Get Rid Of The Remaining Water

The first step you will need to take when cleaning up water damage is to remove the offending substance from your home. To start with, you can use towels or mops to soak up shallow puddles of water. If the standing water is more significant, you can use buckets or old ice cream pails to scoop up the water and carry it outside.

If you have access to a portable sump pump, you can use that to get rid of the water as well. Just make sure that the outlet you plug the machine into has not been affected by the flooding and that the cord is kept away from any of the water or surfaces that are still wet. The last thing you want is to have to go to the emergency room to treat an electric shock from trying to clear water out of your basement.

Figure Out What To Dry and What To Get Rid Of

If your basement was fully carpeted and that carpet was fully submerged in water, you may wish to simply pull up and replace the carpet rather than try to dry and try to prevent mold growth in it.

Or you may have old furniture that you would rather toss than try to restore. Get rid of whatever items you do not want to keep (or that are beyond repair). Once the area is clear of these trashed items, you can go about the task of drying your basement.

You will need several fans and at least one dehumidifier running for several hours, possibly even days, to get your basement completely dry. If weather permits, you should open windows to promote faster drying and proper air circulation. 

Disinfect Non-Fabric Surfaces

Next, you will need to go to the hardware store and get a powerful disinfectant. You can use this on the walls, beams, and even non-fabric furniture to remove any germs and bacteria that may have been carried in by the flood water.

Be sure to keep air circulating as you use the disinfectant as you do not want to inhale the fumes. It is at this disinfecting stage that you may also want to stop and allow a professional company like Servicemaster of Buncombe County to step in.

They will best be able to ensure every surface gets cleaned and disinfected. Professional water damage cleanup also involves mold prevention techniques and the deep cleaning of affected fabric surfaces such as furniture and any carpeting you chose to keep.

If you follow these water damage cleanup guidelines, you will have your home back to normal in no time. Do as much as you can and are willing to do before the professionals get to your home, and then let them do the difficult tasks of disinfecting, mold removal and prevention, and deep cleaning. 


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