A flood can be a destructive and devastating disaster to occur in your home. While the physical damage from the flood is bad enough, it is only compounded by the emotional toll that such an event can have on a person. Due to these facts, the sooner you are able to remove the water, dry out your home, and move from a flood, the better off you are. So, if your home is ever flooded, here are five tips from drying out your home and moving on from our water damage restoration experts at Restore More in Milwaukee.
Natural air circulation is the easiest way to help you dry your home out after a flood. To make things better, it’s completely free! Just open all the doors and windows to your home to allow more outside air to enter and naturally circulate throughout your home.
A simple household fan won’t do much to curb the effects of a flood. You can, however, rent or buy high-powered fans specifically designed for water damage restoration. Depending on size and power, fans cost between $50 and $500 to buy and $20 a day to rent. Portable dehumidifiers are another great way to speed up the drying process. Again, a typical household dehumidifier won’t do you much good but you can buy a large dehumidifier for a couple hundred dollars that will be a big help. An important caveat for both fans and dehumidifiers, however, is that the best way to have access to them is often just to hire a professional water damage restoration company to take care of the job for you.
Standing flood water in your home is a recipe for disaster. It’s important that you do all you can to remove the water from your home as quickly as possible. A sump pump is the best way for you to do this on your own. Otherwise, or if the water isn’t in the basement, a professional water damage restoration is always the way to go.
Objects that have been saturated by moisture will only sustain further damage and contribute to the moisture level if they remain in your home. Thus, make sure you remove them from your home as quickly as possible to preserve them and protect your home.
Desiccants (silica gel, clay, calcium oxide) absorb moisture like a sponge. Place water-permeable packages of desiccants and wet items in airtight containers or in sealed areas, like closets. Some desiccants change color to indicate they are saturated, which can take days or weeks, depending on how much moisture they contain.
There is a lot you can do to speed up the restoration process after a flood. As you follow the tips listed above, you will be able to mitigate the damage to your home and move on more quickly. To ensure the restoration process goes smoothly, give us a call at Restore More in Milwaukee for help if your home ever floods.