When a strong storm comes through, it can leave destruction in its wake. Water damage from storms is a very common issue homeowners face in our area. There are various ways for water to get into your home during inclement weather. Damage to structures like your roof can allow rain in. Flooding occurs from water seeping in, failed sump pumps, or sewer backups. When you have water in your house after a storm, act fast to keep complications to a minimum.
First Steps in Repairing Water Damage
Water in your home can pose a safety risk. If you have standing water or very wet areas, turn off the electricity in that part of the house right away and unplug any appliances that are near the water. Open windows and doors to allow air circulation. This will help everything dry and minimize your mold risk.
You should call your insurance company to find out if your policy covers the type of water damage you have. Then, walk around inside and out to get an idea of the impact. Take pictures of all the storm damage – your insurance company will likely need these.
Start the Cleaning and Repairs Process
You should remove any standing water first with a wet-dry vacuum or a pump. Get help with this step if you cannot complete it on your own safely. Once you remove the water, start sorting through and removing wet items. Throw away anything that cannot be cleaned and dried thoroughly, especially perishables like food and medicine.
Allow all other items to dry fully, which could take 2-3 days in some cases. If the weather is dry, you can bring as much outside as possible to dry out. Running a dehumidifier and fans inside will help pull excess moisture from the air and facilitate quick drying. When your belongings are dry, clean them well with soap and water followed by a disinfectant. Disinfect anything that was wet with flood- or stormwater.
Watch Out for Mold
Mold can grow very quickly in the right environment. Keep as much air circulating in your space as possible, and make sure everything is able to dry completely. Look closely at damp items to watch for mold growth. Check behind walls and under large items. Replace any sections of the wall that got wet. If your carpet got wet, you should remove it and the padding under it because they can harbor mold spores.
Call the Professionals at ABCO Restoration for Help with Water Damage
Water damage after a storm can be overwhelming, especially if your belongings are compromised. You don’t have to deal with it alone. ABCO Restoration is available 24/7 to assist with your clean-up and repairs. Our team of professionals will work with you and your insurance. We can handle every step of the process and will help you get your home back in great shape. Call us today.