When you turn the light on for your basement, do you find water puddled in various places across the floor? Do you have standing water you simply haven’t had time to deal with? What if your home’s sustained water damage and you’ve removed the water, but you haven’t taken care of the water damage?
At All Phase Restoration, we understand it can be time-consuming to handle water damage issues in your home. We also want to encourage you to take care of this damage as soon as possible to prevent further damage, mildew, and mold. In this post, we’ll share the top six tips to help homeowners clean up after water damage.
If you don’t have the time to do this yourself or simply can’t see yourself doing this on your own, give us a call today! We offer water damage restoration services in Windsor and most of northern Colorado.
Six Tips To Clean Your Home After Water Damage
Remove any and all electronics from the affected area
You want to do this as soon as possible so you don’t run the risk of electrocution. It’s more about keeping you safe while you work to clean up the water damage than it is saving your possessions, even though that’s an added benefit. Clearing the space helps make it easier to take care of the water damage.
Remove the water
Yes, we understand that this sounds obvious; however, did you know that slight dampness or moisture is enough to promote mildew and mold growth? Once you remove the large majority of the water, you’ll want to consider all the materials, components, and furniture the water touched. You may need to trash the couch that had a decade of tenure in your basement to keep mold and mildew from gaining a foothold.
Dry out the area
Once all the electronics, water, items, and materials are removed, you want to dry out the remaining moisture. You can do this with a fan, a heater, or both. You want to make sure and dry everything out to prevent mold growth and problems in the future.
Many homeowners skip this stage, but it’s important to disinfect the damaged area. This helps remove any bacteria or mold-spore growth. General cleaning wipes will work, but you could go the extra mile and purchase mold specific cleaning supplies. Be sure to follow the instructions on use and application.
Prevent and Stop Mold Growth
As an added step, you’ll want to consider using mold prevention cleaning supplies or a coating to ensure you don’t allow for mildew or mold to take hold in the affected area. This is a tedious process, but it’s worth the time and effort to save yourself from a costly mold removal bill down the road.
Dispose of Water Damaged Items
If you have any items that sustained water damage, you will most likely need to trash them. Remember, dispose of the items responsibly.
Call All Phase Restoration Today!
If all this sounds like too much work or you don’t have the time to restore your water damaged area, give us a call today. We’ve been serving Windsor, Denver, and the rest of Northern Colorado for years. We’re happy to help, whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner. We’re the water damage restoration company to call in Colorado for the best rates and excellent service.