Reducing Water Damages After a Flood

Oct 21 2014

Flooding is an extremely powerful force that can destroy entire structures and leave you with serious water damage. Even lesser flooding that doesn’t causes immediate structural damage can cause permanent damage from lingering water. Water infiltrates everything and even though you can’t see it, water may still be present beneath the surface of furniture, floors, carpets, and other items around the house. Thoroughly addressing water damage as soon as possible will increase the chances of recovering items that may have been affected. Reducing water damage after a flood is about reducing damages to your home and possessions. If the flood is severe enough, your property will be affected, but if you can begin the cleanup and drying process sooner, the impact of water damage can be reduced.

Disconnect Electronics & Appliances

Someone plugging a cord into an outlet.

Before a flood hits, you should have disconnected and relocated electronics and appliances. If you didn’t or couldn’t do this, assess the situation and water levels and unplug items. If they are already damaged by water, it is too late. Shutting off power to the entire house before doing this is a good idea. Relocate items that can be salvaged to a safe, dry location. Appliances may be too large to relocate, so prop them on cinder blocks above the water level. This is something that should be done before the flood if possible.

Eliminate Standing Water

A home full of standing water.
You will want to begin clearing out standing, pooled water. This can be very time consuming and unpleasant, but should be done as soon as possible and as soon as conditions are safe to do so. Use buckets or any other available containers to begin clearing water. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to call a water damage professional for complete water extraction.

Remove Water Damaged Items

A piece of water damaged wood.
During the process of clearing the standing water, you should begin removing items that have been affected by the water. Some of these items may be salvageable depending on the extent of the water damage and the type of item. Remove and relocate these items to a safe, dry location. You can do this before or after addressing the standing water, but may be more realistic to do this while cleaning water.

Begin Drying & Call a Water Damage Professional

A woman catching water in a bucket and calling a company.
You should begin the drying process in affected areas as soon as it is possible to do so. When most or all of the standing water is cleared, begin drying the affected area. This may require the services of a professional water damage company, so assess the circumstances and call a DKI specialist as soon as possible. Water damage services have the experience and specialized equipment to extract and dry water damaged areas more efficiently.

Want to learn more about what you should do in the case of a water emergency? Check out our complete guide to water damage. Also, Rapid Restoration provides ducts and carpet cleaning services to help prevent the long-term

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