Water damage happens and it isn't pretty. While rainwater is pure, the other stuff isn't. Floods bring debris, mud, sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants into your home. Once the water recedes, guess what's left behind?
Even if the water damage came from a relatively clean source, such as a refrigerator water line break or an unattended faucet causing a sink or bathtub overflow, the water mixes with dirt hidden deep within your carpets and soaks everything it comes in contact with. To make matters worse, structural damages like soggy drywall, ruined carpets, and shorted-out electrical systems are common.
When water damage occurs, always put your safety first. Turn off the power and make sure that the building is safe to enter.
Stop the Water from Flowing
Once the area is safe to enter, stopping the flow of water is critical. After all, what good is mopping up a mess when the sludge continues its onward flow? If the water damage is due to a plumbing mishap, shut off the water at its source. For example, use the shut-off valves below the toilet if your toilet is overflowing. You may need to turn off the main shut-off valve to the home for pipe bursts and other plumbing problems.
Cleanup and Dry Out
Mopping up and drying out the home is crucial. The sooner that you can do this, the better. Otherwise, the water will soak in further causing more damage while mold spores will soon find the ideal environment from which to thrive.
Use protective clothing, gloves, and a breathing mask, especially if the water is likely contaminated with sewage or chemicals. Depending on the extent of the flooding, you may need to remove furnishings and carpets. Before throwing damaged goods out, document the damage for insurance purposes.
Repair Structural Water Damage
Floorboards, damaged electrical systems, ruined carpets and drapes, damaged roofs, broken windows, and soggy drywall are common victims of water damage. Depending on the damage, you may need to hire a contractor to make the repairs. Water causes serious damage that gets progressively worse with every delay. Fortunately, you don't have to clean up on your own. Consider hiring a Water Damage Restoration Truckee CA professional to mop up the mess.