The Best Tips To Deal With Water Damage And Keep Restoration Costs At Bay

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When your home has been flooded due to natural causes, or even plumbing, the actions you take to clean things up will help reduce the costs of repairs. You want to get the water out quickly, repair personal items and dry your home out to keep damage at bay. Here are some tips that will help you keep your water damage problems under control and prevent higher repair costs:

1. Document the Damage with Photos and Video Before You Begin Cleaning

The first step in dealing with the water damage is documenting it. Since most mobile phones have cameras on them, take your phone with you to take pictures of all the damage. You also can make a video tour of the damage to document the event. If you do not have a phone with a camera, use whatever camera you have. Make sure that you save copies of the photos and videos. You should save the digital files to a disk and print photos to save with your records.

2. Removing Personal Items and Preparing Appliances for The Cleaning Process

Once you have documented the damage with photos and videos, you will want to begin cleaning. Your first priority should be to remove all the personal property from the affected area. Move the furniture from the flooded area as well. Appliances may be fine in the place, but try to lift them above the affected area and let them dry out.

3. Removing Water and Moisture from Your Home as Quickly as Possible

With all your personal items removed, it is going to be time to concentrate on removing the water. Use whatever resources you have to start pumping water out of your home. If you have a wet vacuum, it can be used to cleanup water and debris. For large amounts of standing water, siphoning water with a garden hose will help, as well as using a submersible pump. Once most of the water is out, begin sweeping out the debris and moisture on floors.

4. Dealing with Porous Materials That Absorb Moisture and Cause Mold Growth

When you have finished pumping out the water and begun cleaning dirt and debris, you will be ready to remove any porous materials. Fabrics and carpets will be a hazard and should be removed and clean because bacteria, mold spores and other contaminates are embedded in the pores of the materials. In addition, materials like damaged drywall and wood trim will also need to be removed when cleaning. The wood trim can be saved and reused if it is cleaned and dried thoroughly.

These are some tips to help you keep your water damage repairs from costing you a fortune. Contact a water damage repair contractor, like Arkansas Restoration Services Inc, to help you get started with the cleanup process as quickly as possible. 

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