Fact: The average human being is made up of 60% water.
It’s no surprise that good old H20 is essential to all living things on this planet. But, there is one situation where water plays the bad guy- when it damages your home. Whether you’re owning, sharing or renting, we’re pretty sure water damage is in your list of things you do not want to deal with… ever.
If left unchecked, water damages your possessions, lessens the value of your home and can even be a cause of illness for your family and pets. Did you know that even a small amount of water can become breeding ground for mold? Mold can affect indoor air quality which may be detrimental for people with respiratory problems such as asthma or those with weak immune systems such as the young, the elderly and the sick.
The good news is that water damage does not mean the end of your dream home. All you need are two things: will power and our top tips on how to deal with water damage:
Tip #1: Act Now.
Many of us would put off dealing with water damage until the water reaches our necks as this task can be tedious and expensive. This is exactly the reason why you need to act as soon as you see signs of water not being where its supposed to be. Call your insurance company, building manager or land lord and ask how they can help you deal with the problem ASAP.
Tip #2: Turn Off.
Water and electricity just don’t mix. Before you enter a room that’s flooded, make sure to turn off the power to avoid any accidents.
Tip #3: Consult the experts.
A water remediation specialist is an expert in sorting out and drying all your possessions damaged by the water. They can assist you in assessing which pieces can still be kept and which ones are beyond repair. If the water damage has been there for quite a while, it is also prudent to consult a mold specialist to ensure that your home is safe and healthy place to live in.
Tip #4: Let it dry.
You want to get rid of the water ASAP but rushing into things can only make things worse. Being that your wirings may still be damp, it is but prudent to remove water manually using buckets, towels and mops. On the plus side, you will get a good workout while doing this.
Tip #5: Disinfect.
Stagnant or flood water can bring all kinds of bad things to your home. Before moving back in, be sure to disinfect your home using a non-toxic disinfectant such as Gloves Off.
Tip #6 Prevent Mold
Now that you’ve dried and disinfected your home, it’s time to ensure that it stays that way. Concrobium is a non-toxic concoction made with distilled water and inorganic salts. What it does is that it forms a layer over walls, furniture and floors to prevent mold growth.
Tip #7: Dispose responsibly.
Sadly, there will be things that couldn’t be saved. Work with your local recycling center so that you can get rid of them safely and in accordance with your city’s waste management guidelines. Also see if some of them can be donated or put into use by other organizations.