Did you know that approximately 10% of homes have leaks that waste up to 90 gallons of water every day? And if that wasn’t bad enough, some of those water leaks can turn into more serious issues and cause water damage.
Fortunately, we know what to do in the event that your home is damaged by water in any way. Before you get focused on home remodeling projects after a flood, here are some essential dos and don’ts to keep in mind when dealing with water damage.
- Shut off the water source as soon as possible.
- Remove as much water as possible.
- Wipe excess water off of furniture.
- Remove any wet area rugs.
- Turn on air conditioner for summer damage.
- Prop up wet cushions for even drying.
- Keep a dehumidifier on at all times.
- Keep furniture skirts off of wet carpeting.
Doing these things as soon as the water damage occurs can save you a lot of time and money. In addition, it can help prevent mold growth in any damaged areas. But if you wait more than 24 hours to do any of this, you risk mold growth.
- Enter rooms with standing water and electrical shock hazards.
- Leave books or newspapers on wet carpets.
- Use a household vacuum cleaner to remove excess water.
- Lift tacked carpet without professional assistance.
- Wait to remove area rugs and furniture.
- Enter a room with sagging ceilings.
- Wait to call for professional help.
There is nothing worse than just leaving a damaged home to sit and grow mold. Make sure you’re calling general contractors to help you assess the damage and then make home repairs based on the results. There’s nothing worse than having a ruined home because you waited to call a professional!
Preventing Damage in the Future
Fortunately, preventing home damage from water is fairly simple. The first and best way to prevent damage to your home is water proofing. If water can’t get in, then it can’t damage your home. In addition, you need to be careful where you plant in your lawn, as some trees have invasive roots that could damage your home’s foundation. Another important precaution to take is cleaning your gutters regularly. A clogged gutter not only looks bad, it could send water flooding right into your home if you’re not careful.
Water damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare, but now that you have this handy list of dos and don’ts, you should be ready to tackle anything water throws your way.