Leaks are never welcome, especially at this time of the year when the holidays are in full swing. The best way to deal with this issue, however serious it is, is to contact professionals to help you out. There are certain things you can do on your own in order to mitigate as much damage as possible. The experts at riskfreeserv.com were kind enough to lend their knowledge and experience and share some know-how on how to react in these types of scenarios in your house.
Type of water
If your house is damaged by water, the first thing to do is to determine what kind of water you will be dealing with. This might sound odd, because why should there be multiple types of water you might wonder? There are 3 levels of water that you can come in touch with; clean water is the safest one as it is basically water from pipes, rainwater or any other source generally safe for use. If you need to deal with this type then you can consider yourself lucky as there is no need to disinfect the place after it dries out.
Grey water is not safe for human contact. It is considered ‘’used’’ water because it originates from your dishwasher, washing machine, toilet, etc. This type needs more attention than your regular clean water because drying the place out won’t do the trick. You need to disinfect after. The easiest way to do this is to contact a professional cleaning service to help you thoroughly clean the house with proper tools and expertise. Doing this yourself is fine, but you want to avoid any sort of risk.
The third and most dangerous type of water is black water. Contamination level there is pretty high because that’s probably water from sewers or industrial water or water from a river flood. If this is the case then you have to contact someone as soon as possible because the risk to health is even higher. There’s no point saving money here because you don’t have either proper equipment or knowledge to handle this without exposing yourself directly to this hazard.
Removing the water and drying
Depending on the area that needs to be dried, you need to decide what kind of tool you want to use. If the area is small then a few fans will do the trick and you can also open all doors and windows to let the airflow. If we are talking about a bigger area, then a dehumidifier is the best solution as it not only dries out your floors and walls, but it also sucks in moisture from wooden objects like carpets and furniture.
Look for mold
Mold can very easily sneak its way into some humid, dark place and start nesting. Flooded areas are particularly susceptible to mold growth and it is then you need to pay extra attention to ensure you are free of that pest. Mold can be dangerous to your health and it is recommended to throw anything away that has traces of mold on it and to contact professionals to help you deal with it.
Replace damaged objects
Woods suffers most when in contact with water and replacing wooden floors, carpets, walls are the safest bet because wood is a good breeding ground for mold, mildew and various other unwanted microorganisms. When it comes to wooden floors, it is best to remove the whole thing because it will get swollen and become useless, dry everything properly, disinfect and then start installing new flooring.