Water damage can happen to anyone, at any time. And water damage is one of the most common reasons to call a restoration company.
The good news is that water damage restoration is a very simple process. If you follow these steps, you will be able to clean and repair water damage quickly and efficiently.
1. Shut Off The Gas and Electricity
If you have water damage, please do not try to fix it yourself. Shut off the gas and electricity as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
If you can’t turn off the gas and electricity, use a portable generator outside if there is an emergency.
2. Clean Up the Water
Start by cleaning up any water that has gotten on your furniture, walls, and floors. Use a vacuum cleaner and bucket to remove all the water and debris. Cleaning up the water can’t fix the water damage, but it can help.
Damage from a broken pipe or leak may not be immediately visible, but heavy rain or melting snow can cause significant flooding and damage to property.
In these cases, professional restoration services are often necessary in order to restore your home to its pre-flood condition.
3. Dry Out the Area
If there is water on the ceiling, pipe, or walls, it will need to be dried out before you can start repairing the damage. Use a hairdryer, fan, or air conditioner to dry the area out.
4. Remove the Flooding Items
If there is water on furniture, sheets, or other items, remove them before you start cleaning. Water damage is not only dangerous; it can also be damaging to valuable possessions.
5. Clean the Surfaces
Once the area is dry, start cleaning the surfaces with a clean, dry cloth. Make sure to clean all the corners and crevices.
Start by cleaning the surfaces that were exposed to water. Wipe down walls, furniture, and any other surface that was wet. Use a cleaner that is safe for wood and finishes.
6. Repair the Damage
If there is damage from the water, repairing it is essential before you can start cleaning again. Use a sealant or repair adhesive to fix cracks and holes in the surface.
If the damage is too extensive, you may need to replace materials such as carpets, wallpaper, or flooring.
7. Protect the Area from Rain and Snow
If there was water damage, make sure to protect the area from rain and snow in future storms by installing storm doors or tarping. If you do not have any, the best alternative is to cover the area with a plastic sheet.
8. Seal the Damage
Once the area is clean and repaired, seal the damage with a coat of paint or a sealant. This will help prevent water damage from happening again in the future.
The sealants are used to protect the wood, finishes, and other components from water damage.
There you have it! Steps for cleaning and repairing water damage. Make sure to follow these steps if water ever damages your property.