A number of issues, such as a burst pipe, heavy rain or accidental spills may cause water damage. The National Flood Insurance Program says it can cause serious damage as little as one inch of water. The CleanUP Guys
If coping with water damage the first 24-48 hours are critical. During this time period, you should start the water extraction process to prevent mold growth. For people who are allergic to it and for people with compromised immune systems, mold can cause serious health problems.
You should use fans to ventilate after a flood and help to circulate air throughout the flooded area.
Use a water vacuum to eliminate all of the free standing water. Make sure you always use a vacuum which is designed to remove water when cleaning carpet and upholstery. Not only will it be inefficient to remove the water using a vacuum that is not designed to extract water but it will also destroy the vacuum.
You can use sponges, a mop, towels or anything else that is made from all other affected areas to remove water to clean the body.
If you have wood-paneling, you can immediately remove it from the walls and allow it, as well as the wall, sufficient time for our drying before putting it back on.
The EPA advises that if they have been harmed by water, you should always dispose of any books and/or documents that are invaluable or a requirement to hold. Any damaged fiberglass insulation must also be removed and disposed of.
It is a frustrating and completely exhausting job to clean up after water damage occurred. In most cases it is safer to let any and all water damage repair efforts be done by a specialist. The effort and the potential risk of injury to yourself through an accidental slip and fall is simply not worth it. In most cases, there is no need to go through all this backbreaking work yourself even if you have protection. Most homeowner insurance plans cover these repair. If you are not sure whether or not your policy covers water damage cleaning and reconstruction, you should be given all the details you need to know. Many restauration companies actually work directly with your insurance company so you never have to pay out of your own pocket just one cent.