As you already know, when water gets in unwanted places a big damage is inevitable. Your entire home will suffer, but your belongings as well. If you don’t act quickly, the damage will increase at a fast pace. In other words, your success depends on how long the water was destroying your possessions. Of course, you’re most likely to save a carpet or a piece of furniture, but if any of your electronics get hit by the water, you can just say goodbye to it.
You shouldn’t treat the flood water lightly because even a little bit of water in your basement makes an excellent ground for mold to breed. Mold growth tends to ruin not just your walls, flooring, or furniture, but it could seriously affect your health as well. Even though you should call a flood and water damage restoration contractor first, there are few things you can do on your own.
Try to save all your belongings first
The first thing to do is to shut the power down, get all of your furniture outside, unplug and remove all of your electronics, and any other moveable piece you possess. The faster you move all your belongings, the higher the chance to save them from damage. Underpadding is something you’re less likely to save, but you should give it a try anyway.
Remove the water
In case you had to shut the power down because you’re worried about loose wires, manual work will do just as fine. Use towels, buckets, or mops to get as much water as you can. In the end, you can pour the water down the drain, or on your lawn. On the other side, if your house got flooded because of a natural disaster, chances are the water is full of contagious bacteria, and this is something you should let a water damage repair service to do it for you.
Dry the affected area
Once you finish mopping down all the water, use dehumidifiers or fans to speed up the drying process. Besides that, you should open all the windows. Basically, that’s all you can do. But, if you want to avoid risking with mold, you should contact a flood damage restoration company to finish the job for you.
Mold growth and disinfection
If you decide to deal with the issues yourself, start with a good disinfectant to remove all the places affected by the water. Once you finish with disinfection, you should apply some mold remover. You can use it on anything: walls, floors, carpets, or furniture. As already mentioned, removing mold on your own is a bit risky task, and you should consider hiring a company to take care of the job for you.
Be careful with disposing
Make sure you dispose of your items responsibly. For example, you can organize all the damaged goods and throw them into few piles. See what can be recycled, or what can be donated. Ask around about proper ways of disposing of all the damaged goods, and where to recycle them. Don’t forget that the faster you act, the least damage you’re going to suffer.