Water damage can not only be expensive to properly remediate, but it can also be very difficult to know how to do since water can easily penetrate and saturate everywhere. Fortunately, water and sewage damage in Alpharetta doesn’t have to completely turn your world upside down when you know the right steps to take in water remediation in Alpharetta. Here’s what you need to know about safe water and sewage cleanup.
Remove Water Immediately
As soon as you discover water in your home, find the source of the flooding and stop the entry of water. Once the leak is stopped, begin removing standing water right away. This is a vital step because mold can begin to grow as soon as 48 hours. If you remove the water quickly enough, you may be able to avoid mold remediation costs as well. Along with removing standing water, salvage as many items as possible and remove them from the wet area so that they can begin drying out.
Ventilate the Area
The next thing to do is keep the area as ventilated as possible. You’ll want to borrow or rent quality fans to keep the air circulating and dry everything out as quickly as possible so that you can keep mold from growing on the walls and other areas. You’ll need to expose every area that was water saturated, which means you may have to open walls to remove and/or dry the affected areas. A dehumidifier will also ensure the area is properly dried out.
Assess the Damage
Assess affected items like flooring, drywall, furniture, rugs, etc. Not only do you need to assess the amount of damage there is, but you also need to take into consideration what type of water saturated these items. Sewage and rainwater is filled with bacteria and affected items will need special cleaning or need to be thrown out completely. If flooding occurred because of something more than a burst pipe, you will likely need professional remediation to ensure the process is done safely.
The whole area affected by the water damage will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Be sure to use antibacterial products and clean every surface in order to stop bacteria growth. When vacuuming, use a HEPA filter vacuum to ensure allergens and mold spores are removed from the air.
Once the area is completely dry and clean, you can begin reconstruction. Depending on the level of saturation level, studs and drywall may need to be replaced because saturated wood and drywall will most likely warp once it has dried completely.