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DIY Tips For Addressing Water Damage In Your Home

water damage cleanup westchester nyA flood can have disastrous consequences for your home, possessions, and well-being. The heavy lifting when it comes to dealing with water damage should be handled by a professional water damage restoration company trained and qualified to deal with these issues. However, there are still several simple things you can do to minimize the damage from a flood. 

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Here are a few of those tips recommended by our professional water damage restoration experts at New Crystal Restoration.

Disconnect Outlets/Shut Off Electricity

Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Because a flood can damage the electrical systems in your home, you should not risk coming into contact with water that is electrically charged. That’s why professional water damage restoration experts recommend disconnecting your outlets or shutting off your electricity entirely after a flood until you are sure you are safe.

Look For Signs Of Mold

Certain mold strains are toxic to humans and pose serious health risks. Most of the time, mold can spread quickly once it infests an area, so it is in your best interest to inspect for growth to avoid any health hazards. For small issues, you can cut out the affected area, bag it, and dispose of it immediately. However, with serious mold infestations, you need to shut down any airflow to stop contamination and then call a mold specialist. Oftentimes, mold can appear inside the walls or floors, so it’s important that this inspection is ongoing throughout the restoration.

Remove Damaged Materials

Any porous materials in your home like furniture or upholstery are extremely vulnerable to water damage. Even a brief period of exposure can lead to serious, permanent damage. They should be removed from your home and dried out as quickly as possible. Other porous materials like insulation or carpet may need to be disposed of immediately if they are exposed to large amounts of floodwater to avoid mildew problems.

Dry Out Remaining Moisture

Once the standing floodwater has been removed, the final step is to take care of any moisture remaining in the home. Even small damp pockets of moisture in your walls or carpet can cause serious damage and mold problems in the long run. Professional water damage restoration companies come equipped with commercial equipment designed just for this purpose. You can speed up the drying process by using any fanes you have available and opening up your doors and windows. 

Disinfect Affected Areas

Any areas of your home affected by floodwater need to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized once the water has been removed. This is because floodwater is rarely clean and often contains dirt, grime, and other undesirable contaminants. On top of this, floodwater sometimes contains more harmful contaminants like bacteria and microorganisms that lead to serious illness or disease.

We hope you find these tips helpful for mitigating the effects of a flood. Nonetheless, for the harder, more dangerous, parts of the job don’t hesitate to give us a call at New Crystal Restoration for help. Our team of dedicated restoration professionals will get your home back into top shape quickly, safely, and effectively.