Flood Damage Repair
Flood Damage Repair
Flood Damage Repair
Flood damage repair and disaster cleanup is our entire business. Homes, businesses, schools, government buildings, commercial properties – all of them have need of flood repair all the time. Yes, over time we have gotten better at constructing buildings that have less floods and therefore less need for flood damage repair. However, pipe breaks and swamp cooler leaks still do and probably will always happen. So, having the number for disaster restoration companies listed somewhere in your home will always be a smart move.
We at Delta Disaster Services don’t want to just be the restoration contractor you call when you need flood damage repair for large-scale disaster cleanup services though. We want to provide you with education on basic steps you can take to both prevent water damage and to clean small water damage on your own. That way, you know you’re taking smart steps to prevent mold growth without having to spend money hiring disaster restoration companies. And, when you do have the need for water damage repair at your home or property because the damage has become extensive, you’ll know you can trust us at Delta Disaster.
Flood Damage Repair Tips For Your Home
Here’s a few basic flood damage repair tips you can use in your home for very small water damage leaks:
The first step of any water removal is extraction of as much surface water as humanly possible. The more water you can soak up with a mop, the less you’ll have to dehumidify later.
Grab a bucket and your favorite moisture-soaking tool and get to work. Don’t’ be afraid to mop baseboard, walls, and even ceilings (if needed – god forbid), in addition to the floor. It may seem strange, but the more water you can soak up in the early stages, the easier it will be for you to get every ounce of water removed.
Buy A Dehumidifier
Of course, the quality of dehumidifier you can buy at any store compared to what we use at Delta Disaster Services is incomparable. Most store-bought dehumidifiers are simply meant to balance out a home’s climate for comfort. The dehumidifiers we use are specifically built for large-scale water extraction from a home’s porous material. We’re not just extracting moisture from humid air. Our dry chambers are extracting water from subfloor and other difficult-to-dry areas. However, any dehumidifier will make a big difference in removing water, so get one for yourself!
When a leak or flood happens, the water from the leak permeates into all porous material including drywall, floorboards, carpet, and virtually everything else in your home (even stone and concrete, to some degree). The more water that floods in to the area, the harder it will be to extract with a store-bought dehumidifier. And, the longer the water sits on top of porous material, the harder it will be to extract. It doesn’t take very much flood damage sitting for very long on materials in a home for it to really soak in there and become a job for water damage repair experts. Keep that in mind when you start a do-it-yourself flood damage repair project of any kind.
As a final note on this section, to be very clean, fans alone will not remove water. You need a dehumidifier. Yes, it’s worth the cost. Buy one.
Only open windows if the temperature where you live is warm, you live in a dry climate, and it’s not raining or snowing outside. If it’s cold outside or humid at all, do no open windows. Outside air only helps you evaporate water if the air outside is warmer and dryer than what’s already in the home.
That means that if you have your home set to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, don’t open the windows. Or, if it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside but 80% humidity, don’t open the windows. There’s a whole science flood damage repair companies use, called psychrometry. Psychrometry allows us to measure the benefits and possibilities of using outside air as part of our drying strategy. So, there’s a lot more to the science behind the advice given here. But in general, only open windows if it’s both warmer and dryer outside.
Again, Delta Disaster Services has far better equipment than you can find in stores for creating air movement. But, place some box fans near your dehumidifier. They will help circulate humidity around the room and help your dehumidifier extract more water (again, it is the dehumidifier, or in the case of a warm, dry climate, outside air, that removes water from a home – not fans).
You don’t need a lot of fans – just enough to create consistent airflow. You don’t need fans that oscillate or do anything fancy. You should never attempt water damage repair yourself on jobs that are large enough where moving around fans would be necessary.
Call Delta Disaster Services
Even if you set a dehumidifier and fans, open windows, and everything “looks and feels dry,” don’t be fooled. Unless you want to buy a moisture meter of your own to scientifically and objectively measure moisture levels in your drywall and subfloor, you should call disaster restoration companies to verify that your home has reached “dry standard.”
The worst thing that can happen is that you think you’ve dried out your home but then end up googling “how to remove mold” 6 months later. If you contact a professional flood damage repair company, like Delta Disaster, we can verify that your home is dry and save you the headache down the road.
Flood Damage Repair Experts
We at Delta Disaster Services are flood damage repair experts. We work with all insurance companies and make training for our industry our top priority. Delta Disaster routinely educates experts in the insurance, property management, and realty industries. We provide educational classes on flood damage repair and other related topics to hotels, hospitals, major health facilities, governmental facilities managers, and insurance adjusters.
Delta Disaster makes it our mission to educate people on flood repair, disaster cleanup of all kinds, and how to find the best restoration contractor in your area.