Dealing with the aftermath of a water damage disaster can be overwhelming. With all the different things there are to do and the inevitably giant mess, it is hard to know where to start.
To help you prioritize what to do after a flood, here are the four primary objectives for water damage restoration we at Restoration 1 of Greater Minneapolis focus on during the restoration process.
A key objective of the water damage restoration process is preventing the damage from causing any long-term damage. This damage can occur in a lot of different ways but the most common is from prolonged exposure to the floodwater after the flood. Many items in and parts of your home will not survive even a short period of exposure to water. Examples of this are electronics, certain types of furniture, sheetrock, insulation, and more. It is essential that these items are removed from the water and dried out as quickly as possible.
The threat of mold growth is always hanging over those affected by water damage. As soon as 24-48 hours after a flood, mold can begin growing and spreading throughout a home. Removing standing water and drying out any remaining moisture is a top priority for water damage restoration professionals because failing to do so will inevitably lead to mold growth. Even after the damage has been restored, you should still be on the lookout for signs of mold. It is tough to remove all the excess moisture after a flood and even a small moisture pocket can eventually lead to a serious mold problem.
An obvious objective of the water damage restoration process is minimizing the financial costs you incur from the damage. There are several steps you can take to do this. First, call a water damage restoration company as soon as possible after a flood so they can begin removing the water right away. Second, remove your most expensive belongings that are vulnerable to water from the flooded area as soon as possible. If it is safe to do so, you should do this before the restoration company arrives. Finally, make sure you have a good insurance policy in place that will help bear the financial burden of the damage.
A common mistake people make is jumping right into the restoration process without realizing the potential hazards. These hazards include floodwater contaminated by dangerous bacteria and microorganisms, hidden structural damage, and compromised electrical systems. Make safety your top priority by contacting a professional water damage restoration company and avoiding the safety hazards of water damage cleanup. A water damage restoration company has the experience and resources necessary to restore water damage safely and help you avoid any long-term safety consequences of a flood.
If your home is ever devastated by a water damage disaster, we hope you find this list of priorities helpful for dealing with the aftermath. Moreover, we hope you don’t hesitate to call us at Restoration 1 of Greater Minneapolis for help in the event of a flood.