Unfortunately, there are countless people who have to deal with water damage every day. While this is a huge inconvenience and potentially hazardous, making the right moves when dealing with it can ensure a better outcome. Here are some dos and don’ts you should keep in mind along the way.
DO remove any electrical appliances from the area of the damage. This does not mean to grab any cords that are submerged in water, but you should certainly relocate those items that are close to the site of the water since this can be dangerous.
DON’T use a basic vacuum to remove water. It is important that you get in touch with a water damage expert so they can treat the area and use their special vacuums to dry everything. If you try using a basic vacuum, you may miss some moisture that is just beneath the surface.
DO act quickly. Do not allow fear of cost or something like that to prevent you from calling a professional right away. The longer you wait, the higher the likelihood that dangerous mold can form.
DON’T turn on the light if there is a possibility that water may be inside the ceiling. Even if there is just one iota of a chance that water may have crept into that space, it is certainly not worth taking a chance.
DO turn on an air conditioning unit. This is an excellent way to improve the quality of air in the damaged area, and it will also speed up the drying process. Bear in mind that this is only safe if it is not in danger of coming in direct contact with any water.
DON’T place any written items on carpeting to allow them to dry. They should be placed on a white cloth that is on a hard surface. This will prevent any ink from bleeding and creating stains.
DO wipe water off any of your wood surfaces. If you allow them to stay wet for too long, it can cause damage to the surface and promote rotting.
It can be very overwhelming to deal with water damage. With that said, using the advice here will increase the chances that you will handle it effectively. The idea is to stop the damage from getting any worse, make sure the area is safe and work with a professional to get things back to normal.