Water removal after your home has been flooded needs to be done ASAP if you really hope to salvage anything. I would say that you only have a brief 24 hour window to salvage different electronic items such as telephones, computers and fax machines. Other most important things such as carpeting and furniture have a forty-eight hour window before they will start growing mold and bacteria and may become unsalvageable. Remember, if raw sewage has flooded your home you would not be able to salvage anything it came in contact with hence you will actually need to toss those items. Truly, you will have to be selective about what you can and can not restore after water damage and remember some commonly used items may be cheaper to replace than try and restore.
To be very honest, the very first order of business before you start going for any restoration work of course will be to turn off the power to the home to avoid any kind of accidental electrical accidents. Now the next step will be to remove the water entirely. If you don’t have a problem in pumping out the standing water do so using a pump if possible or with buckets if you have no other options.
Once you succeed in getting the standing water out that you can pump, you are advised to go in with a wet dry VAC to suction up some surface water available on the floor and furniture. This point may help you realize that you need a professional company to assist you if you want to salvage things such as your carpeting, electronics or personal items. Luckily, a professional water restoration company can prove to be a great help for you in such situation since it can do what you can’t and suction up the water that is soaked into the carpet and the pad beneath the carpet. Many home carpet cleaners are not designed for this kind of industrial use and will at their best only dry the surface layer of your carpet in a better way. Well, this illusion of dryness with a wet pad will responsible for creating a breeding ground for mold to flourish under your carpeting and creating a health hazard for you and your family in the future. Remember molds can be toxic and make you sick soon if you unknowingly breathe them in.
From the above information it can be concluded that water damage can be very destructive however if it is dealt with quickly and professionally the chances of minimizing your damage can increase greatly. Hence, don’t wait any more! Use the services of a reputed water removal company to avoid any water damage.
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