Coping with the aftermath of a flood may be traumatic for many reasons. Water damage can wreak havoc on your home, affect your personal property, and create structural problems that linger for months.
Whether there’s a heavy downpour, sewer backup, or a burst pipe, the result is nearly always water damage. That’s why it’s critical to address the problem as soon as possible.
Here are a few ways to avoid severe water damage after a flood:
- Treat the Source: No matter what is producing an influx of water—be it a broken window during a storm, a faulty plumbing fixture, or a burst pipe—it’s essential to address a flood at its source. Otherwise, all your attempts to patch up the consequences will do nothing to remedy the cause. Once you nip the issue in the bud, you can address the resulting damage.
- Remove the Water: Eliminating standing or pooling water is the next most important step to lessening the severity of water damage. As you wait for the professionals to arrive, use buckets to bail the water out. When it gets a bit closer to the ground, you can use a wet vacuum to remove what’s left and pull some moisture from your carpeting.
- Clean the Mess: While it’s unpleasant, it’s imperative you go through all of your belongings and dispose of items that are beyond repair. Mold will develop on anything that made contact with the flood, so it’s best to remove waterlogged objects completely.
- Repair the Damage: Unfortunately, flooring, walls, and insulation are often the main victims of a flood. In many cases, they need to be removed. If you leave them be, they may develop mold that can spread throughout your home’s internal structure.
While it’s not always possible to prevent a flood, it is possible to avoid some of the consequences that follow. Your home could easily become susceptible to greater problems if water damage goes unaddressed. By attending to these problems, you’ll avoid mold buildup and enjoy a pleasant, healthy environment for years to come.
Hudepohl Restoration offer trusted services from locations in Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, OH. They’ll handle all of your water damage concerns, eliminate mold, and even perform remodeling services to restore your home to pristine condition. Visit their website to learn more, or call (513) 398-9691.