A Guide For A Do-It-Yourself Water Damage Restoration

A water damage restoration can be a do-it-yourself project for you and your family especially if there has been minimal damage. Just know the important areas of this task and keep in mind a few safety tips.

There are four key areas in a water damage restoration and the first one is water removal. If there is a substantial amount of accumulation water, you may want to make sure that electrical shocks accidents do not happen by turning off your home’s main electrical supply control switch. If you are not trained to handle electrical systems, have a professional electrician check it out first. And if you choose to use electrically powered water removal tools, use a generator or make sure it is safe to use your home’s electrical power supply.

If there has been structural damage in your home, then the next step to a water damage restoration will be structural repairs. It is important that this is done before the cleanup so no accidents such as falling debris or structures happen.

Cleanup or disinfecting is also one of the four key areas of water damage restoration. If water damage is caused by flood, then you naturally have to take care of bacterial growth. In this area, you will have to wear the proper cleanup attire to avoid bacterial contact and ingestion. Then a disinfecting or cleaning agent will be needed along with a few cleanup tools. Start by scrubbing clean walls and floors. You may use a sprayer fitted with a disinfecting solution to make the job a lot easier. Then, make sure to wash and disinfect every furniture/fixture that came in contact with flood or dirty water. If you have delicate water damaged carpet or furniture, you may just send them to professional cleaners so you have a greater chance of saving them.

The last and most important step in water damage restoration is drying. Every surface that came in contact with accumulated water must be successfully dried to avoid mold growth. Mold is a type of fungi that can grow in wet or damp surfaces. While many will not be affected with mold growth, some may experience skin allergies and respiratory problems such as coughing or asthma attacks. Symptoms can even be fatal for individuals already diagnosed with respiratory diseases.

A water damage restoration can be a do-it-yourself task for you and your family. Just make sure you cover all the four key areas and follow safety precautions to avoid accidents.

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