People often underestimate the power of water damage.
Wind topples trees, fire devours homes, but water isn’t so violent. Things dry out, right?
If only it were so easy. A small amount of floodwater can render your home uninhabitable for weeks, months, or more. Even if your possessions escape damage, mold can invade your walls and foundation, posing a serious health risk.
Mitigating water damage requires quick action. Here’s what you should do (and what to avoid) while waiting for a Catastrophe Services Water Damage specialist to arrive:
- Ventilate wet areas. If no mold is present, use air conditioning.
- Use sponges, towels, or other means to soak up standing water from flat surfaces.
- Remove carpets where wood floors are at risk.
- Spread out wet fabric to dry.
- Unplug and blow-dry appliances.
- Freeze books and paper to kill mold.
- Open drawers, closets, and cabinets.
- Raise furniture from the floor to prevent stains.
Proceed with caution:
- Never enter rooms with sagging ceilings.
- Don’t operate appliances on wet floors.
- Only use heat drying in ventilated spaces.
Taking these steps ahead of a Catastrophe Services Water Damage Specialist will help ensure a quick, successful water damage restoration.