Flooding. It isn’t just something that happens in coastal areas or in the plains. Water problems can occur quickly and without warning, caused by a wide range of things including burst pipes, leaks, poor drainage, and more. Managing water emergencies is important to prevent rot, mildew, and mold growth.
Preventing mold growth isn’t always thought of as a must-do for homeowners, but it should be. Mold growth can trigger a variety of issues including things like:
- Structural damage
- Respiratory health problems
- Lower property values
- Fire and rot risk
- High repair costs
- And more
As such, it is vital that homeowners do all that they can to fight against mold and other similar water-related issues if water damage occurs in your home. Here are some of the best ways to manage home water emergencies.
Stop The Water Damage
First things first. Stop the water from entering the home. Find the location of the leak – whether it’s a burst pipe, clogged gutters, roof leaks, or something else. Once you identify where the water damage is coming from, take steps to control the issue and make repairs. Before you can do anything else, you’ll have to stop the source of the water.
Remove All Items From The Area
Next you’ll have to remove everything that can be damaged by the water from the area. This includes electrical items as well as things like furniture, drapes, and more. You may also have to remove carpet and padding if they are inundated with water since leaving them as they are could lead to significant mold growth.
Remove Flood Water
Now you’ll have to get rid of the water. Depending on the level of water this may mean multiple things. Use buckets or cups to scoop out huge amounts of standing water, then use towels, mops, and a wet/dry vacuum to remove water from the area. Then, consider using a carpet cleaner to suck out all remaining water from rugs or carpet.
You may also have to use a sump pump if you have a flooded basement or similar location and sucking out the water this way is a fast and practical way of eliminating all water.
Dry The Area
Place several fans throughout the room to start drying all surfaces. Placing a dehumidifier is another good idea that can easily manage water problems and pull the moisture out of the room quickly. Also, consider cutting out saturated drywall or even carpet in some cases so you can eliminate all standing water from the area.
Disinfect and Safeguard Against Issues
Disinfecting and preventing mold growth, bacteria growth, and other issues is important. Using treatments designed to kill mold and bacteria is a must, and the right steps will help prevent growth even after water is removed. Even when the area is dry, it’s important to disinfect since certain kinds of growth and bacteria.
Getting Professional Help
If you’re completely unsure of what to do, or if your issue seems to be out of your hands, letting the pros help is a good idea. Contact our team at Rainbow International Of Central Oregon to get the help you deserve and keep your home protected.