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Mopping up Water Damage

Whether your home or business has been swamped with floodwaters or has suffered a plumbing accident, mopping up the water and drying out the structure is a high priority. However, safety must come first. Because water and electricity is deadly, you must be 100% sure that the power has been turned off before entering the area. In addition, if the structure is flooded due to a storm or major flood, the building may not be safe to enter. Floorboards may be weak, the building may be teetering on the edge of the foundation, or the beams above may be compromised. Depending on the nature and scale of the disaster, you may need authorization before you can enter the home.

Assuming that the structure is safe to enter and that the power has been turned off, it's time to mop up the water damage. Not only will you have water to deal with, but you will also have contaminants. For example, a toppled water heater will likely leak sediments and rust. Soggy carpets will leach all the gunk and debris that's collected over time. And if your home has been through a major flood such as if an overflowing river has swamped the community, you will have mud, rocks, sewage, chemicals, and other debris to contend with.

Depending on the nature of the flooding, you may want to call in professionals. If you decide to mop up the water damage on your own, be prepared for a big job. Cleaning up involves shoveling debris; removing damaged items; cleaning walls, floors, cabinets, furniture, and other affected items; removing carpets; removing carpet pads; thorough drying; repairing or replacing drywall, insulation, flooring, baseboards, electrical wiring, doors, windows, siding, and other damaged building materials; repainting; and much more. In addition, you will need to haul off damaged items. Drying out your water damaged home or business quickly is essential yet, it's a big job that also takes time.

In addition, safety is of utmost importance.

Mr. Mark Decherd Water Damage


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