Tips for cleaning water damage in your home

Having water damage can provide a lot of headaches and introduce new problems into your home. Water damage can be in the form of a tiny water stain that is ruining your wall or as large as having your basement flooded with dirty water. In cleaning a water-damaged house, here are some tips that you should always keep in mind to make your cleaning easier and faster.

  • Always wear boots that are resistant to puncture as well as gloves that are resistant to punctures too. In that way, when you are cleaning, you can protect yourself from the electric shock as well as objects with sharp points that can cause serious injuries.
  • As soon as you diagnose the problem, you should extract the water immediately. In that way, you can prevent the problem from worsening.
  • All the furniture that you have on the floors should be lifted up and pile them all on the wood blocks. Professional cleaners often use Styrofoam blocks but if you don’t have one, wood blocks are a better alternative. You could visit your local hardware store and ask if there are any scraps out there that you can use. There is some furniture that is heavy enough so you should ask for help from your family members.
  • In lifting up the carpet, you should carefully remove the tack strips. The tack strips are the one that holds down the carpet into the floor using sharp nails, and if you’re not careful, it can cut your finger easily. Rusted tack strips are even more dangerous so make sure that you take your time in tearing the carpet off the floor.
  • Once you have lifted the carpet off the floor, you should remove the wet padding and dispose of it immediately. If you don’t remove the padding, it will take a couple of days before you could thoroughly dry your carpet and it can even develop into mold that will just ruin it.
  • After you have removed the padding, you should spray some antimicrobial spray to slow down the production of bacteria and molds. You can’t stop them from growing, but you can slow it down so that you’ll have enough time fixing the problem and not ruining your carpet at all.
  • To completely prevent all the bacteria and mildew, you have to thoroughly dry all the wet areas of your basement or your floor. You should also check the drywall and behind the wall could also be affected. If you have equipment that can detect moisture, consider using it. Always remember that you only have 48 hours since the water had damaged the area, and the molds will eventually start growing.
  • Determine all the wet areas and then use dehumidifiers in order to dry it out thoroughly. There are a lot that you can purchase online; you just have to follow the instructions carefully to make sure that you can execute it well or if you don’t have any confidence in doing this, you should ask some help from a professional.

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