3 Ways to Mitigate Flood Damage


If your home has experienced flooding as a result of a storm, melting snow, or a burst pipe, you have a lot of damage to deal with. Flood waters can cause numerous issues, including structural damage and mold, so you need to begin flood removal as quickly as possible.

1. Remove as Much Water as Possible

Your first priority, as long as it is safe to do so, is to get rid of as much water as you can. If there is standing water, you should call restoration specialists, as they have commercial pumps that can quickly drain the water. Use absorptive materials, such as towels, to try and get water out of rugs, carpets, and other items.

2. Ventilate Space and Dry out Items

Open as many windows and doors as you can. Mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours, and the mold spores hang out in the air. Ventilating with fresh air can help dissipate them. Because mold thrives in moist and damp areas, drying items is another priority once the majority of water is gone. Place fans around and use a dehumidifier to decrease the moisture in the air.

3. Decide Which Items to Get Rid Of

Part of flood removal is deciding which items need to be thrown out. Some flood-damaged items, such as those made with nonporous material like plastic and glass, can usually be salvaged, although they may require professional cleaning.

If furniture is warped, it should be thrown. Affected mattresses and rugs usually need to be thrown out because of mold growth. Food and medication touched by flood waters also need to be thrown away because they can be contaminated with bacteria and other toxins.

If you have flood damage in your home, it is important to begin cleanup and restoration right away. Contact Premiere Restorations for help at any time of the day.

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