Colorado Springs Water Damage Restoration: Article About After The Flood
The amount of damage that a few inches of water can cause in a home is staggering. In fact, the government website Floodsmart estimates the damage of just 12 inches of water in a 2,000 square foot home to be upwards of $50,000. Once the water has gone down, it is imperative that homeowners remove the remaining water and dry out as quickly as possible to mitigate the damage and save what possessions can be salvaged. The quicker items are dried, the higher the chance they can be saved. This is where a Colorado Springs Water Damage Restoration company can help.
To facilitate indoor drying, provided the outside air is not too humid, all windows should be opened; the same goes for doors. The natural movement of air throughout the house will begin the drying process. Open closet doors, remove drawers, and open cabinets.
Although the home's air conditioner/heater's fan can help facilitate drying, they should not be used if any of the ductwork was submerged. The HVAC system must be checked out by a professional before being used again. Using high speed fans to move air and speed up drying time is useful as well, and can be purchased or rented by the day.
For areas of the home that is holding in a lot of humidity, use a dehumidifier to dry out the air.
Wherever standing water remains, a sump pump, generally used in basements to prevent standing water from building up, can help move water wherever it is needed.
The water damage restoration companies experts from Avalanche Roofing & Exteriors of Colorado Springs can answer any questions about water damage, exterior painting or roofing.
To dry out carpet quickly, use a wet/dry vac to pull water out of carpets. If dried quickly and thoroughly enough, most can be saved.
Remove any saturated rugs or furniture and place in a sunny spot outside. This helps dry both the inside air and the items themselves. Wherever the subfloor is saturated, remove linoleum and stick on tiles to expose the subfloor to the air. Any wet insulation should be thrown out.
Books and papers can be further damaged by drying too quickly; therefore, they should not be left to dry in the sun. To keep papers and books from drying out too soon, place in sealed freezer bags in a chest freezer. This keeps mold and mildew from accumulating until they can be properly dried.
Some commercial products can absorb large amounts of moisture. An example is silica gel, which can absorb more than 15 percent of its weight in about two hours. Placing items with packets of silica gel in a sealed container or closet will facilitate drying.
To avoid mistakes and ensure fastest drying possible, contact a professional restoration company, who will quickly and thoroughly remove the water and damage left behind so homeowners can get back to the business of living.