Preventing Mold After a Flood and Potential Water Damage

When there is any type of flooding in your home or business, whether it is from a pipe bursting, sewer backup, or flooding from nature, there is a good chance that you will have water standing. It is possible that you may have carpeting, furniture, or any part of your walls submerged in water.

No matter what the cause of the water is, cleanup and restoration will need to be completed. Restoration can be expensive, but this depends on the amount of water that is in your home or business and the extent of water damage that exists. If for any reason the restoration process is delayed, the amount of damage could increase, which would also increase the cost of restoration.

It is important that the restoration process is completed as quickly as possible after flooding. Besides the continued water damage occurring, there is also the potential for serious threats to anyone that is in the home or building that has flooded. In an effort to ensure that the costs of restoration remain as low as possible and to try and prevent any health issues that may occur, it is important that certain steps are taken immediately afterwards.

* The electricity to the flooded area needs to be turned off. The water in combination with the electricity could cause damage to any electronic devices. There is also the risk of a short circuit or even a fire. Not to mention mixing water with electricity is very dangerous because of shock potential. If you cannot safely get to the electricity leave the premises and get immediate help.

* The gas within your home or business should be turned off as well. Appliances such as hot water heaters and furnaces should not be exposed to the flooding while they are on.

* You will want to take as many pictures as possible to show the amount of water that was in your home or business. This will be helpful for the insurance company to see the level of water and will be the first step in filing your claim with them.

* The walls within your home or business will also need to be examined and dried out. Sheetrock and drywall should not be in any kind of moisture for a lengthy period of time. If they are, mold could begin to grow and make the restoration process even lengthier and more expensive.

It is extremely important after a flood to have the water removed and everything dried out quickly in order to prevent water damage and the growth of mold. Mold needs moisture to grow and once the moisture is removed, the risk of mold growth is removed as well. In order to make sure that everything is properly taken care of after a flood, it is best to have a professional assist in the process. Whether you call our company or another professional restoration company it is important that you understand what needs to be done to restore your property, as a lot of the damage may not be visible without proper equipment and training once the water subsides.

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