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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.

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Addressing Water Damage In Your Home: What To Do Before Help Arrives

by Paul Burton

Water damage can have a devastating impact on your home and personal belongings. Approximately 14,000 people throughout the U.S. suffer from a water damage experience either at home or in the work place each day. Although water damage can be a homeowner's worst nightmares, there are things you can do to address the damage before help arrives.

Dry it Out

If flooding in your home has caused the loss of electricity, you will have to break out the mop, bucket, and towels to dry your home the old fashioned way. Sop up water out of the floor using the mop and towels. Make sure you wring the towels and mop out thoroughly into the bucket. Once the bucket is full, empty it out onto your lawn.

If the carpets are sopping wet, you may need to remove it. Remove both the carpet and the padding and place it in an area where it can dry. Your best bet is to move the carpet and padding outside on a dry spot on your lawn where the heat of the sun can do its work. You also have the option of taking your soaked carpet and padding to a carpet cleaner for assistance.

Use the mop and towels to dry the exposed floor in rooms where you pulled up the carpet. This will help you remove as much moisture from your home as possible. If left untreated, moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew growth. Considering that mold and mildew can pose hazards to human health, it is best to get your home as dry as possible.

Suck it Out

If you still have power, a wet/dry vacuum cleaner can help you along the way. Keep in mind, however, that moisture in your home can pose an electrocution risk. Make sure you only plug in your vacuum in an area of your home that is dry. If the nearest dry area is too far from the area of your home affected by water, avoid the use of the vacuum.

Although you might be tempted to use an extension cord, it is a bad idea. The use of an extension cord may also raise the threat of electrocution. Should the part where you plug your vacuum into the extension cord get dragged through a wet part of your house, it could short and send out an electrical current.

Air it Out

Make sure you open all of the windows in your home to let fresh air in. Also, it is highly recommended that you set up box fans and a dehumidifier to assist with drying. Fresh air moving through your home from the open windows will prevent your damp house from smelling stale and funky. The fans will help dry out your floors and belongings, and the dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air.

Pump it Out

An estimated 98% of basements in homes across the U.S. will experience some extent of water damage at some point. If flooding has occurred in your basement, your best bet is to rent a sump pump if you do not already have one. Of course, you will need to ensure that you have electricity in order to rent the sump pump.

If you find that your electricity has gone out because of the water damage to your home, you may want to invest in a rented generator. A gas-powered generator can run the sump pump and therefore flush water out of your basement. Once you have removed the water from your basement, use the same drying methods listed above to further dry the affected area.

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