Water Damage Repair: Quick and easy home interventions after a flood
Floods are unpleasant events, potentially disastrous, that you cannot always prevent. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, in Aurora, Chicago, Glenview, Highland Park, Naperville or Skokie, a flood can take you by surprise and can leave behind considerable damage. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can do to successfully renovate your house after a flood.
Immediately after your home has been flooded and the flood source was eliminated, it is important to start the water damage repair process. But before that, make sure you stop the electricity and gas supply to avoid potentially dangerous injuries. Start by removing the water in the house, if necessary. In this way, you can use a pump or if the level is low, use the mops and other similar instruments that absorb water.
Next, clean the remaining residues – sand, mud, etc. – after which with the help of rags and a bucket with disinfectant and detergent, wipe each wall and area affected by the flood. Now is the time to pick and throw all the elements that have been severely affected by the flood and that cannot be saved in the process of water damage repair. Everything that can be recovered should be removed from the house or placed in a well-ventilated area to dry properly.
Water damage repair should be made only after the entire house – from flooring to furniture and walls up to the smallest accessories – is dry. Inspect the house’s masonry. On its surface you might find residues that, once the masonry is completely dry, it will be easy to be removed with a brush. Remember though that the masonry might dry heavier than the rest of the house, if water started to soak.
Check carefully windows and doors, especially carpentry, which may be affected severely. If the wood shows swelling, windows, doors should be maintained opened until it returns to its original shape.