When it comes to flood damage repair, you can’t just rush right in and start cleaning up. It would be nice if it were that simple, but there are a lot of things to keep in mind. When it comes down to it, there are safety elements and best practices to help you get your repairs and restoration taken care of.
Take a look at these key things to remember.
Mold Attacks Quickly
One common side effect of flood damage is the fact that mold can make itself at home. It’s possible your home or business already had mold spores present, but it’s also possible that the water will be the sole contributor. Mold damage is a severe risk and often a natural side effect of any type of flooding.
Whether you need repairs from Mother Nature or flooding that occurred within the home, you’ve got to be mindful of mold. The longer water damage is left to thrive, the more likely it is that mold will occur in the area. Always be on the lookout for this, and ask your restoration company about it.
Act on Flood Damage Repair Quickly
When water comes in, you want to move quickly. There are times that you may have to wait for safety reasons, but otherwise, you should start cleaning up and removing water immediately after the flooding issue has been resolved.
When the water is no longer coming in, that means it’s time to get it out. Don’t wait. We mentioned mold growth already. Did you know that it takes as little as 24-48 hours for mold growth to occur? You don’t have time to put it off. Cleanup, water removal, and restoration need to begin right away for the health and safety of your home.
Now, before you just dive into water cleanup and removal, there are some safety elements to keep in mind. The first is gas and electrical concerns. Are there any outlets or hookups that were affected by the water or are underwater? What about electrical appliances that are plugged in and in water?
You don’t want to risk electrical shock. It might be necessary to have the electricity shut off at the main system until cleanup and water removal can be handled.
In other safety factors, also consider that the damage could be from contaminated water. You should put on rubber boots, gloves, and safety goggles to protect your health and wellbeing.
Don’t DIY It
We get it. Restoration can sometimes be costly. It’s costly because it takes specialized training and expertise to accomplish. If your restoration is covered by insurance, this could be helpful. DIY is typically not an ideal solution. Not only do you likely not have the appropriate equipment and tools, but you simply don’t have the training to be sure all elements of cleanup and restoration were properly handled.
Professional Flood Damage Repair
If you or someone you know has faced flooding in their home, Redeeming Restoration is here for you. Our teams are on call 24/7 to help you get water extracted, cleanup started, and the restoration process completed. Give us a call!