Cleanup after water damage is traumatic, but someday you may well need to deal with it. Typically, there are more than 70 water damage incidents monthly in a population of 100,000 people. That means that there are over 1,000 water damage incidents per month in metro areas.
Even though there is a minimal chance that you may experience a water damage incidence in the next five years, Flooding can be devastating. There are those out there that can help make your life easier. Just be sure to be mindful of all of the cleanup hazards if this misfortune happens to you.
If you have have a minor flooding problem, home clean up can be fairly simple. First of all, if you have carpet you MUST pull it up and run several fans to air it out. Most of the time you can save your carpet if you immediately pull it up and air it out and dry it. If it sits in water more than 24 hours you will have mold start to grow which is extremely toxic and most likely will end up with you having to replace the carpet.
Also if you have had minimal flooding, you will not have to tear open any walls and do preventative mold maintenance. Remember, if you have minimal flooding, rip up those carpets immediately to save them!
Severe flooding is a different story. If you can get the water removed quickly enough, you can pull up those carpets and dry them out to attempt to save them. Most likely carpets get completely ruined when there is more than 6 inches of water. Repair and restoration are a much longer process in this case.
After removing the carpets, you must remove all the drywall that was submerged by the water and you really should cut the drywall at least a full foot above the submersion line. If you are at this point of water damage, you should really call a professional water damage cleanup company.
Water is very beneficial gift of nature but it is very harmful when it appears in the form of flooding, and can damage your home and your possessions. The smart move is to contact a professional expert immediately to minimize damage. Removing water quickly and assessing damage with expert eyes can mean a major difference in outcome. So many times, do-it-yourselfers miss hidden water damage and pockets of moisture where black mold colonies can grow.
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