Water Damage Restoration Tips for Before, During, and After a Flood
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Water Damage Restoration Tips

Water Damage Restoration Tips for Before, During, and After a Flood

When it comes to water damage restoration tips, it's vital for you to start picking up the pieces as quickly as possible. Water in unwanted places can quickly destroy your home or business. However, acting quickly and using a few water damage restoration tips can make all the difference. Let's take a look at a few of the top water damage restoration tips you can use to protect and restore your peace of mind before and after the event.   

Water Damage Prevention Tips to Take Beforehand a Flood

You know the old adage — an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By taking water damage prevention tips, you can help reduce or mitigate the damage. Here are a few water damage prevention tips you can take:  

  • Spring cleaning can help prevent your basement becoming a final resting place for critters that don't have another space. At least once a year, get rid of old clothes, go through your basement, and take time to reduce the clutter. In the unfortunate event you have water damage, you'll be happy you did.
  • If you suffer from space problems, using plastic storage bins is an excellent solution. In addition, plastic storage bins can help protect your valuables from water damage — as long as you purchase secure tops for the bins. One tip is to keep your bins off the ground because if there is sufficient water, it can cause the bins to capsize.
  • Another excellent water damage prevention tip is to use shelves and store your belongings up high. Anytime the water starts to rise, items on the floor and boxes can become a nightmare. If you choose shelves, it's best to choose more waterproof plastic or metal shelving.

What to Do Immediately Following Water Damage?

If you have a flood or water damage in your home, it's imperative to contact UpRitePlus2 as quickly as possible. Why? Because every second counts…literally.

  • Within minutes of exposure, the water will spread to other parts of your home or business.
  • Within hours, the drywall in the structure will start to swell and disintegrate. At the same time, mold growth and bacteria can start, while the metal surfaces in your home will begin to tarnish.
  • If you wait days, the water damage can result in significant complications and damage, resulting in costly repairs.  

Water Damage Restoration Tips: Get the Air Moving

As we previously mentioned, stagnant water and damp items are one of the most common causes of mold growth. If your home has substantial mold growth, it can significantly increase the cost of remediation and may even require professional mold remediation solutions. As a result, it's vital to start the drying process as quickly as possible.

Even though your dehumidifer and box fans are no competition for the professional equipment at UpRitePlus2, it can help. Place multiple fans throughout the area to help circulate the water granules. In addition, you can use your dehumidifier to assist with the removal of humidity from the air, which will expedite the drying.

Five Things You Shouldn't Do

While there are several water damage restoration tips you should know, we also think it's important to tell you what you should never do!

  1. Avoid using any electrical appliances while on wet floors or wet carpets.
  2. Never use an ordinary household vacuum cleaner to try to remove water.
  3. If the electricity is still on, you should never go into rooms that have standing water.
  4. Never attempt to pickup or take up carpet that has been tacked down. Incorrect lifting of carpet can cause additional damage and lead to shrinkage.

After the Water Has Settled: Water Damage Breeds Mold

Mold and mildew growth is almost always an issue for flooded homes and businesses. If it's only a small amount of water, you can use our Step-by-Step Guide on How to Get Rid of Mold. However, if it's any significant amount of mold or if you can smell mold, you'll need the assistance of a professional.

If you suspect mold issues, you should shut off any airflow in your home or business, get out of the area, and contact UpRitePlus2 immediately. We can provide expert mold remediation services as well as water damage restoration.

Contact UpRitePlus2 for Water Damage Restoration

If your home or business has experienced water damage, the first step you should take is to contact UpRitePlus2 for fast and efficient flood damage restoration. For more than 35 years, we've provided around-the-clock water damage restoration services to homes and businesses throughout Long Island — from Manhattan to Montauk.

Contact UpRitePlus2 and we'll restore your peace of mind.

About the Author Thomas Marr

Offering nearly four decades of industry experience in restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction, Thomas G. Marr is the president and CEO of ite Plus 2. He holds two certifications from the Florida Mold Institute — Certified Professional Mold Inspector and Certified Professional Mold Remediator — as well as a long list of other industry-recognized certifications. He brings brings a unique set of skills and expertise in all matters of flood, fire, and mold remediation, which has proven to be invaluable to businesses and homeowners throughout the New York area.

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