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How to Clean Up After Water Damage
Jan 12, 2015
A few drops of water won’t do any major damage, but that’s about all you can allow to spill on the surfaces inside your home if you can’t react fast. If your cat knocks over that flower vase when you are not home, the water could permanently damage your hardwood or carpet if allowed to sit for too long. This is why it helps to have the phone number of your Maryland water extraction specialist in your contact list. Whether it’s burst pipes, a leaky water heater or heavy rains that caused the damage, it’s crucial to act fast to minimize the damage to your property.
Beware of Mold
Mold is one of the hidden dangers of water damage. If water is not removed promptly, mold will grow on every hospitable surface it can find. Mold growth is dangerous for two reasons. First of all, mold spores can irritate your airways, causing a variety of allergy-like symptoms, even asthma. In people sensitive to mold, it can lead to more severe respiratory distress. Second of all, mold is likely to damage the item it grows on, slowly feeding on the organic matter. Things like wood and fabrics can experience substantial damage over time as mold makes its way inside the fibers. At this stage, it’s extremely difficult to eliminate mold entirely.
If Your Home Suffered Water Damage
If you woke up or came home to substantial water damage, know that you don’t have to deal with it alone. Call your Maryland emergency water removal experts right away—they have professional equipment that will help solve the problem faster and in the most efficient way. At Kent Clean, we can also bill your insurance company directly, saving you time and hassle. The reason you should use a professional water extraction company is because the tools you have at home are unlikely to remove water completely. Your household fans and one-room dehumidifier won’t work fast enough—and time is of the essence.
While you are waiting for the pros to arrive:
- Take lots of pictures to document the damage for your insurance claim.
- Turn off power to the affected area if you are dealing with standing water.
- Suite up in rubber boots, gloves and a respirator if you are dealing with a basement flood or a sewer backup.
- Carry everything you can out of the affected area.
- Open up windows, if the weather permits, to allow for air circulation.
- Situate your pets and children so that they don’t come in contact with the flood zone or interfere with the cleanup.
Discard and Disinfect
Unfortunately, not all items that suffered water damage will be salvageable. Even clean, uncontaminated water from your pipes is enough to destroy such things as cardboard boxes, books, photographs and upholstered furniture. If you are dealing with contaminated water, such as that from sewage or a massive basement flood, be even more choosy with what you are saving. If an item can’t be disinfected inside and out, it might not be safe to bring it back into your home.
Think Twice About That Carpet
Sometimes, water-damaged carpet can be salvaged. However, if the padding was heavily saturated, you might need new flooring. The problem is that while the surface of the carpet may appear dry, it’s difficult to extract water from the cushion, as it’s extremely spongy. Damp cushion will develop an unpleasant odor, which indicates mold growth. It could be possible to dry the carpet and then lay it over a new cushion, but wet carpets tend to shrink, so there is no guarantee it will fit the dimensions of your room again. As carpet installation experts, we can help you evaluate the extent of the water damage and install new carpet if necessary.
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