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Water damage restoration can be an expensive, labor-intensive, and time-consuming process. On top of this, there are also many time-sensitive elements of water damage restoration that require your immediate attention. It can be extremely difficult juggling all of these different parts of the restoration process. To help you manage the time-sensitive elements of the process, here are four tips from our water damage restoration professionals at GCPRO in the Naperville area.
Standing floodwater in your home is a recipe for disaster. Every minute longer the standing floodwater remains in your home, the more moisture is being absorbed causing potentially irreparable damage. If you can remove the standing water quickly, however, then you stand a better chance of avoiding irreparable flood damage. Your best options for doing this are using a sump pump if you have one and calling a water damage restoration company for help immediately so they can begin pumping the water out of your home as soon as possible.
After the standing floodwater is removed from your home, your work still isn’t finished. The floodwater will leave behind pockets of moisture throughout all the affected areas of your home. This is especially true in and around porous materials that are more prone to absorb water. You will need to check and thoroughly dry each of these areas. Otherwise, water damage and mold growth will soon begin to develop. Over the period of days and weeks, you can expect this damage to begin very severe if it isn’t taken care of.
There are many items in your home that are far more prone to water damage than others. This typically includes items that are made of porous materials. Carpets, rugs, furniture, clothing, and so forth all make the list. After a flood, it’s important that you remove these items from your home as quickly as possible. Doing so is important for two reasons. First, it gets them out of the flooded and moist environment and prevents additional water damage from occurring. Second, it puts the items in a place where they are out of harm’s way and able to dry out more quickly.
Among all the things that you can do after a flood, calling a professional water damage restoration company for help is among the most urgent. Restoration companies have high quality restoration equipment available making them more capable of removing water and mitigating damage than anyone else. Thus, the sooner you make that call to a restoration company, the better off you will be in the long run.
Don’t let a water damage disaster in your home become any worse than it has to be! Follow the simple steps listed above and you should be able to do this. Just remember, for any questions or anything else you may need throughout the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at GCPRO in Naperville for help.