carpet water damage, whether it is the result of a natural disaster such as a flood, or an unavoidable occurrence such as a burst pipe inside the home, can cause extensive long-term problems if it is not addressed immediately. It can lead to structural damage to the home, and encourage the growth of dangerous, or even deadly, mold colonies. Following the steps below after a serious flood can help homeowners to ensure that the potential for further damage is appropriately mitigated.
Step One: Ensure Residents’ Safety
The first thing to do during and immediately after a serious flood is ensure that all family members or residents have safely evacuated the building.
Step Two: Turn off Water and Power
Regardless of the initial source of the water, both the main water line to the house and the electricity should be turned off to avoid placing anyone in the area in a dangerous situation.
Step Three: Call for Help
The potential for structural damage poses a serious and immediate threat, so the best thing to do is to call an emergency water damage service for an immediate safety evaluation and damage assessment. Many remediation companies offer 24 hour service for just this reason. Do not allow anyone to re-enter the home until it has been deemed safe by a knowledgeable industry professional.
Step Four: Remove Small Possessions
If it is safe to enter the affected area, meaning that the power has been turned off, and there is no danger of water contamination or substantial standing water, it’s a good idea to remove any small furniture, knick-knacks, or other possessions to another area of the home.
Step Five: Leave the Rest to the Pro’s
When substantial water damage has occurred it often takes some time to get the affected area back into habitable condition. In some cases this requires that families leave the home, but in most it simply means that the basement or other areas of the house that have been flooded must be avoided for a while so that the professionals can do their work. In most cases water damage restoration requires a risk assessment, moisture detection, and the removal of any standing water and wet or damaged materials. The area will then be professional disinfected and dried and re-assessed for remaining moisture or the potential for mold growth. All of this may take some time, but working with a 24 hour service that can get it done quickly and efficiently will allow homeowners and their families to re-enter the affected area as soon as possible.