Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Renee Garrison
Dealing With Water Damage
By Renee Garrison*
Hurricane season is far from over, so our homes may still suffer from storm damage. Water leaks can cause clean water damage as well as chemical and biological pollution. According to Matt Munitz of Baxter Restoration, homeowners should be aware of proper clean up and remediation techniques before water damage turns into mold or rot.
Of course, leaks can stem from sources other than a hurricane. Other culprits include shower pans, hot water heaters, washing machines and clogged plumbing. Some leaks are obvious right away, but others may be slow leaks that attract mold infestations. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mold can grow even if materials are dried within 48 hours, so time is of the essence.
• Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting the saturated area.
• Wipe furniture to remove excess water.
• Place aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet.
• Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying.
• Lift drapes off flooring, loop through a coat hanger and hang on curtain rod.
• Remove wet area rugs.
• Turn on air conditioner.
• Move valuable paintings, art objects and photos to a safe, dry place.
• Open closet doors, furniture drawers, and luggage to aid in drying.
• Remove any wet fabrics and dry immediately.
• Use your household vacuum to remove the excess water.
• Use electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring or carpets.
• Enter any room with standing water while electricity is still on.
• Lift tacked carpet without professional help.
• Enter any room where the ceiling is sagging.
• Do not wait to call for professional help.
The longer you wait, the more damage will occur. Munitz gets the best results when he’s called within 12 hours of noticing a leak. “That gives us the best chance of saving more building materials – like drywall and wood framing – as well as preventing microbial growth, Munitz says. “Wood floors can cost as much as a car, so it’s important to tend to them quickly.”
*Thanks to Renee Garrison at Best Version Media for the wonderful article.
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