Water damage cleanup can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to do first. If you’re getting home from work and encounter a flooded carpet, water stains on drywall or roof leak, it’s safe to say you should call a water damage restoration contractor. However, while you’re waiting for help there are some things you can do to reduce the amount of water in your home or business.

First thing first, assess the damage to make sure you’re safe to walk through the property. If you see any structural damage, broken floors or loose electrical wires, it’s safer to wait for your water damage cleanup company.

After inspecting for major critical damages, here are some things you can do while waiting for a restoration company.

Water Damage Cleanup Process

Start by wearing protective gear, such as rubber gloves and boots. Look for mold on walls and floorboards and remove anything that could potentially allow for mold growth.

Sanitize hard surfaces and disinfect dishes and other exposed items with hot water and soap. Any books and documents can be recovered, be sure to put those items in re-sealable bags.

Most water damage companies can help restore important documents, so make sure to inquire about those services.

Removing Flood Damage Items

With caution, have a deep look through any wall coverings, ceilings, appliances and anything else that has been affected by the flood damage. Consider throwing out furniture affected by water damage and all other food, medicine and beverages.

The main reason for getting rid of damaged items is due to mold. Since mold grows when there is moisture, it’s more than likely that your house or business might get affected by mold.

There are significant health issues related to mold in homes and business, that’s why it’s a critical to have a professional inspect the property.

If you’re looking to clean up the visible moldy spots, make sure to wear mask and gloves. Use a mixture of water and bleach mold cleaner to spray the moldy spots as you scrub the surface with a cleaning brush.

Although water damage can be cleaned up by most people, it can be a time-consuming task. You will also end up spending some extra dollars on equipment and cleaning supplies. If you feel that you could use some help, consider giving Advantage Restoration & Contracting a call. We work with most insurance companies to make sure the water damage cleanup process is mostly covered by your insurance provider.

Keep in mind that in some cases, water damage can be avoided. Check out some tips on How to Prevent Water Damage during storm season.