Water is the source of life, every living organism needs it to stay alive. However, water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage to your house and prized possessions. If you deal with the situation quickly, you can minimize water damage and make water clean up easy.
The amount of water damage that will be done depends on how long water has been there. Here are some steps to follow when cleaning up water and trying to prevent extensive water damage.
1. Disconnect the power supply and unplug all electronics – The quicker you get electronics out of the water, the more likely it is you will be able to save your most expensive gadgets. Move all electrical items and turn off the power leading to the affected area, especially if water rises above electrical outlets.
2. Water extraction – Get rid of all water as soon as possible. There are several ways of cleaning up water. If you don’t have cleaning equipment, then use towels, buckets and mops to soak up as much water as possible. You can pour the water down the drain, onto your lawn or other permeable surfaces. The best way to get rid of water is to use a vacuum tube. Make sure you plug in the vacuum cleaner wire far away from water. In these situations, never use an extension cord.
3. Dry the affected areas – Once water clean up is done, you can start switching on fans and a dehumidifier to help the area dry. You should also open up windows to allow for air circulation and faster drying. Make sure you dry the area as soon as possible to prevent extensive water damage.
4. Disinfect the surface – Once the area is dried out, including wood beams, insulation, and drywall, use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets or the outside environment. There are some powerful, non-toxic disinfectants. Make sure you disinfect all areas affected by water including walls, wood, and non-upholstered furniture.
5. Prevent mold growth – The last and final step in water clean up is preventing mold growth. Apply a mold repellent like Concrobium throughout the affected areas according to the directions. You can use it on furniture, walls, floors and anything else that is susceptible to mold growth.