Plumbing accidents will often leave a huge mess in their wake. But after the plumber has left, it’s all up to you to clean up the rest. Cleanup efforts need to be started as soon as possible, as water damage can be both serious and permanent. The following are a few guidelines to the steps necessary to clean up the water damage to your home. Plumbing isn’t the only way you can get water damage in your home either. Everything from sink stains, to hose spouts can result in very serious water damage in your home.
Safety first. If the leak originated near any electrical appliances or wiring, make sure the power to that room is shut off first. If you are uncertain, or if you have successfully shut all the power outlets for that room, go ahead and shut off the power to the entire house just to be safe.
Remove everything you can from the effected room or rooms. This includes furniture and carpets. You may be able to salvage these items later on.
Use a mop and towels to soak up any water that remains on the floor. A wet-dry vacuum also works. If water damage has occurred to a roof, talk to a T. Simpson Roofing professional for advice on how to best get water out of the attic and rafters. Often heavy snows and a perpetual weakening can lead to leaks and water damage at the top of the house making it necessary to call a Richmond Hill roof repair.
Weather permitting, open all the windows and doors in your house to bring in some fresh and dry air. Also bring fans into the effect areas to accelerate the drying. The bigger the fan, the better. Keep in mind that you will need to run the fans from an outlet in another room, so remember to bring some extension cords.
Get a portable dehumidifier. It will remove the moisture in the air, and dry a room much faster than a fan. If you don’t wish to spend money on one, you can rent or borrow. Place the dehumidifier in the wettest area, making sure to check up on the unit from time to time. You will periodically need to empty water that it collects.
Finally, you can add a desiccant product. These are easy to find at any hardware or home improvement store. They soak up moisture wherever they are, so place them in the wettest area. They will make a good addition to any fan/dehumidifier combination you have set up.
Water damage to your home is a serious issue. If it has only affected a single room, then it’s manageable. But if has done damage to multiple rooms, or water has soaked the drywall or subfloor, then it’s best to contact a professional. If not, then you run a serious risk of developing mold. Remember to use your best judgment, and never try to take on a job you’re not ready for.