There is no such thing as good flood damage. It is all bad, unfortunately, and it tends to happen in the worst ways at the worst time. If you’ve ever suffered from a flood damage event in your home, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Maybe you spent the whole day driving up to the lake house only to be greeted with a flood as you open the door because one of the pipes had burst. Maybe the night before you start a new job your boiler decides to spray hundreds of gallons of water all over your basement. No matter which way you discover a flooding event in your home, the one constant you must remember in all of them is that you must act fast. The reason for that is that the standing water and everything that goes along with it, is actively causing damage to your home as a whole and must be dealt with ASAP. In this article, I will discuss the steps needed and why they are so crucial to protecting your home from even more damage than the flooding has just caused.
Safety first! If you have standing water in your basement or kitchen, you need to be cautious of the possibility that there is a lethal amount of electricity running through it. Therefore, you must not touch the water without some protective gear. Then you must turn off the electricity. If you are not capable of doing so or doubt your ability, do not be a hero, call an emergency flood damage professional and wait for help.
Assuming that you have stopped the flowing water that caused the flood, the standing water must go, ASAP, since as the water sits, it destroys pretty much everything it touches, from your flooring to your walls and everything in between. Not to mention that the moisture in your home is putting your entire house at considerable risk for getting mold pretty much everywhere!
Once you remove the standing water, you need to get the waterlogged materials out of there, as they are also putting you at risk for a mold disaster! Unfortunately for you, removing all of the waterlogged materials is a massive job, we are talking about flooring, walls, and possibly even your ceiling. You may want to call an emergency flood damage company to help. They may also need to bring in moisture detectors and run them over the walls and floor to make sure that they did not miss any trapped water or excess moisture, as this can lead to the growth of harmful molds and mildews.
There is still one more step that is also a requirement after a significant flooding emergency like the one we are describing. You have to get the excess moisture out of the air. Just as the waterlogged materials could promulgate the growth of mold and mildew, waterlogged air can do the same thing. This process is called dehumidifying, and it is accomplished through the deployment of industrial sized air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the affected space. These machines must sit and run for many hours, calculated by the number of square feet of the area that was affected by the flooding. Even once this is done, air moisture tests must be done to ensure the proper amount of moisture has been removed from the air, only then can you be sure that the air will not lead to the growth of harmful mold.
If you just experienced flooding and need an emergency flood damage company, call Drymax Restoration today. Drymax serves Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Opelousas, Broussard, Alexandria, and the LA areas.