When your home has been affected by water damage, you will no doubt want to return things to normal as soon as possible. The whole dry out will take days or weeks, but the following steps will help you stay safe and speed up the process.
What to do:
- Create a dry out plan. Move as many of your belongings as you can to a safe place in order to prevent additional damage, save your items, and reduce the risk of rust and mold.
- Move air naturally by opening windows. Atlanta can be a pretty humid place, but it’s still helpful to open the windows to promote air circulation. Don’t forget to open cabinets and remove drawers if they are wet.
- Move air mechanically. Use as many high-powered fans as you are able. Do NOT use your central air conditioning unit if your HVAC ducts are submerged in water.
- Dehumidify the area. Use a large portable dehumidifier to reduce the amount of humidity and water vapor in any given room or area. This will help speed up the dry out process.
When a water emergency has happened in your home, it’s easy to forget about safety. Water, especially in the form of floods in the basement, can be hazardous to your health. Keep these safety tips in mind after a leak or flood in your home.
What not to do:
- Don’t enter a flooded basement if electricity has not been turned off.
- Don’t delay – only takes a couple of hours before damage starts to occur.
- Avoid any sewage or suspected sewage, as this material can be extremely hazardous to your health.
- Don’t use electronic devices or household fixtures until a professional has cleared them for use.
- Don’t use a standard vacuum cleaner to remove water.
- Don’t leave wet books, fabrics, magazines, or colored items on wet carpets or floors, as these can lead to stains as well as promote mold and mildew growth.