Water damage cleanup is a very time sensitive process. The longer water remains in your home after a flood, the greater the overall damage to your home will be. Our goal at Southeast Restoration in the Columbus area is to provide you with the quickest and most effective water damage cleanup and restoration available. Here are five ways that we and you can speed up the water damage cleanup process to ensure your home suffers from as little damage as possible.
Allow For As Much Natural Air Circulation As Possible
This is the simplest way to speed up the water damage cleanup process. Circulation throughout your home will allow excess water to dry up and evaporate more quickly. Thus, you can easily speed up the cleanup process by opening up as many of your windows and doors that you can.
Use Fans To Increase Circulation
This is another easy way to speed up how fast the water evaporates and dries up. All you need to do is simply plug in fans to blow in all the areas where more air circulation is needed. However, you should be careful where you plug in the fans. If your home has been flooded, you may be at risk of being electrocuted if you plug your fans in the wrong place.
Use A Portable Dehumidifier
A portable dehumidifier can remove water vapor from the air in a contained area, like a bedroom or downstairs rec room. Shut the room’s windows and doors to prevent more humidity from seeping in. It is best to buy a large humidifier so you don’t have to worry about frequently emptying the water drawer.
Use A Sump Pump
A sump pump is a simple and effective way to remove excess water from your home. You can buy a quality sump pump for about $150 and it will pump out large amounts of water in a short time from your basement if it is flooded.
Use A Shop Vac
Some shop vacs are rated for use in wet conditions so they can suck up large amounts of water. They can give you a fighting chance to save rugs, carpet, and other parts of your home that are saturated with water. Don’t use an ordinary household vacuum, however, as it is not built for containing water.
Use Desiccants To Absorb Moisture
Desiccants are things such as silica gel, clay, and calcium oxide that absorb moisture like a sponge. You can place packages of these desiccants around your home to help absorb more of the moisture. Some of them are designed to change color when they are fully saturated so you know if they need to be replaced.
All in all, water damage is a serious problem for many homeowners and the longer one waits to begin the cleanup process the worse the water damage will be. We at Southeast Restoration in Columbus recommend you use some of the tips give above if your home is flooded to minimize the damage. Then we can come in to handle the dirty work of the restoration process to restore your home back to its original state.