Water Damage Extraction

While some water damage incidents can be handled by property owners, many require the expertise of a professional. There are no set rules to go by in deciding when to hire a specialist, but there are some simple procedures that should be followed if a property owner is going to attempt water damage remediation on his or her own.

  1. Turn off your electricity. This is particularly important in flooding situations, where the risk of electrocution is significantly increased. Water damage incidents that occur near electrical outlets may also require that the electricity to the property be shut off. It is important not to be standing in water when shutting off the breaker because this greatly increases the risk of electrical shock.
  2. Remove furniture. Materials in furniture vary in their resiliency to water, but they are all susceptible to damage. The sooner furniture and other items are removed from a flooded area, the greater the chance they will be salvageable. Many types of wood are very resilient to water damage, but materials such as particle board can sustain permanent damage very quickly.
  3. Drain water. The longer that water is allowed to sit in a property, the more damage it will do. Water pumps can be bought at most local hardware stores, and have the ability to drain properties in a reasonable amount of time. It is recommended that you get more than one, because these pumps are not nearly as efficient as industrial-grade pumps used by professionals. It’s also important to drain water far enough away from your home so that it will not find its way back in.
  4. Dry the property. This is the most difficult part of DIY water damage restoration, and is where the specialists add the most value. Not properly drying your property could lead to mold and mildew growth, which poses health risks and is expensive to repair. Fans should be brought in to help the drying process, and carpets and pads should be pulled up. Oftentimes, a carpet can feel completely dry, but the pad underneath is still holding moisture. Accurately determining when a property is completely dry is difficult. When trying DIY water damage remediation, overestimating the drying time and the effort required is always in the best interest of the property owner. Underestimating this time could lead to a greater cost than hiring a water damage remediation company at the outset.
  5. Dehumidify. Property owners should constantly be running a dehumidifier during the entire drying process. This machine will help to pull moisture from the environment, helping to lower the risk of mold and mildew growth. Dehumidifiers need to be emptied regularly, and some even come with built-in hoses that drain themselves. Once a dehumidifier fills its holding tank, it can no longer can aid in the drying process.
  6. Treat for mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are often the biggest threats to a property owner during a water damage incident. Property owners should use anti-mold treatment when remediating their properties, and they should also consider having mold testing done by a specialist when the project is completed. Water damage remediation experts have special tools that can detect mold and mildew growth not visible to the eye. These specialists can also help to detect potential problems areas within or around a property.

Water damage remediation is a difficult and extensive process, especially if property owners are attempting to do it themselves. The steps above are just a few of the actions a property owner should take when attempting DIY water damage remediation. It is important to remember that saving money on DIY water damage remediation now could end up costing significantly more in the long run.