Water damage restoration is very time-sensitive. The quicker the water is removed and your home is dried, the better off you will be. At ICC Restoration in St. Paul we are committed to helping you get through the water damage restoration process quickly and with the best quality care possible. However, you can minimize the damage done to your home by taking certain steps before we arrive. Here are five things you can do to decrease the amount of damage done to your home after a flood.
Shut Off The Water In Your Home
If you find that your home is being flooded, your first step should be to identify the source of the flood and stop the flow of water immediately. If the water is coming from a source in your home (like a broken pipe) you should shut off your water immediately to decrease the flooding in your home. If the floodwater is coming from a different source, you should still do everything you can to stop, or at least slowdown, the flow of water.
Remove The Water As Quickly As Possible
Once the flooding has stopped, it is critical that you begin to remove the floodwater from your home as soon as possible. Our team at ICC Restoration will carry the burden of this task, but anything you can do before we arrive will decrease the amount of damage done to your home. There are many different ways to do this but one great way to do so is through the use of a sump pump. A sump pump is a useful tool that you can install in your basement that will pump out large amounts of water from your home in the event of a flood.
Air Out Your Home
Once the floodwater has been removed, there is still that matter of drying out all of the moisture that is left behind. The easiest way to do this is to open your windows and doors to promote natural air circulation throughout your home. If you have fans that you can safely use, you should direct them towards the most affected areas to dry out the moisture more quickly.
Use A Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier is a great tool for drying out excess moisture. They are very affordable and high-quality models can be purchased for under $200. If you do use one of these make sure it has a large bin to store the water it removes. If you use one with a small water bin, you will need to change the bin very often for it to keep doing its job. A dehumidifier can largely reduce mold growth as well.
Call A Professional Cleaning And Restoration Company
The best thing you can do to speed up the water damage restoration process is to call in a professional cleaning and restoration company for help. Our team of restoration experts at ICC Restoration are just one call away and will be there to quickly, and effectively, restore any water damage done to your home.