Plumbing accidents, such as a pipe burst, can leave a huge mess. Plumbers can perform the necessary tasks in order to get the plumbing working again. However, it’s up to you to clean up after the water leak and dry things out! Sitting water can cause serious damage to your home, and so the cleanup efforts should begin as soon as possible after the event.
Here are four steps you need to follow for the cleanup process:
Safety In Your Home
Always put your safety first. If the leak occurred near an electrical appliance, make sure the power is shut off!
Soaked Items Must Go
Remove soaked carpets, furniture and other removable items from the flooded area. Depending how much water they absorbed, these items may or may not be salvageable.
Use towels and a mop to dry the floor if there is any remaining water. You can also use a wet-dry shop vac to remove the water. You might be able to rent one at your local hardware store if you do not own one.
Fresh Air Helps
Open your doors and windows in order to bring in fresh, dry air if the weather permits. Bring fans into the area and turn them on to their highest setting.
As a rule of thumb, if you see that water has seeped into the drywall, it will be best to contact a professional restoration company. Also keep in mind the amount of time any absorbent material has been exposed to water. The more time that passes without any treatment, the more these items will deteriorate.
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These four steps also apply to cleanup after a flood. Living in Florida, we must always be prepared and have a plan for any type of major storm, such as a hurricane. Click here to check out more Climate Design blogs!