There’s not much worse than having to endure a flood in your home. Whether it was caused by a natural flood from rains or backflow from a toilet, floods can do extensive, expensive damage as well as pose a significant health risk to you and your family. Prompt action is crucial for restoring your home back to livable, safe conditions. Part of the battle against flood damage is knowing what to do before you’re affected, so GTA Restoration decided to put together this brief outline of a few of the most important steps to take after a flood in your home. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t discount experience and professional know-how when it comes to potentially deadly flood cleanup, so if you have any questions or doubts, call GTA Restoration.
If the source of the water is internal, such as your toilet, find it and turn it off. If this means shutting down the water main, do that. If it’s the case that you have a leaky pipe this will stop the flow to that pipe as well.
Remember this phrase: Air In, Water Out. If weather permits, open up as many windows to increase ventilation in the room. Use fans as long as you can safely run electricity, but don’t put yourself at risk. The fresh air serves a twofold purpose. It increases the speed of drying time and helps to naturally deodorize the affected room or rooms. If you can keep your electrical main turned on, use your air conditioner to help expedite the drying process as well. The more circulation, the quicker the drying.
Mop and blot dry the affected areas. Getting a jump start on soaking up any water can be extremely useful to prevent extensive water damage even if it seems to be a slow-going process. Just stay the course and be careful. Dry mops and towels are very useful for this task.
Do not use vacuum cleaners or any other electrical equipment to remove the water lest you get electrocuted. Shop vacs can be useful as well, but just make sure that it’s plugged in well away from the affected areas and the integrity of the electrical and extension cords are intact.
A dehumidifier is also a useful tool after you absorb the initial standing water from the rug or carpet.
Focus on the floors and carpets because they usually suffer the greatest damage. Cleaning hardwood floors after water damage has to be done immediately and as fast as you can to avoid the warping of wood. If the wood warps, your only option is to replace the flooring.
Call GTA Restoration For Fast, Professional Flood Cleanup In Toronto
At GTA Restoration, we believe that putting your health and safety first is the most important thing to do after experiencing a flood. We recommend that you call us. We can be on the scene in an hour or less, using the most advanced equipment in our industry. For expert flood repair and water remediation, call GTA Restoration today!