Something that you hope and pray never happens to your home is water damage. You make sure that you clean up even the smallest spill to ensure you don’t have to deal with damage from water. However, your home cannot withstand large amounts of water. When unforeseen leaks or flooding happens, you’re left with stains and crumbling drywall. One of the best ways to prevent water damage is to remove water as quickly as possible. While you could call a professional for water removal, it may be faster for you to do it yourself. Before you start removing any water, check out this DIY water removal guide.
Find the Source
In some cases, you will notice water dripping from the ceiling or water leaking in through doors and windows. In other instances, you may notice a water stain on the wall or ceiling starts to get bigger. No matter which situation you are in, you need to find the source of the water first. If the flooding is coming from a burst pipe or a leaking washer, then turn off the water source after the area has been repaired. If the flooding is from water outside, then it is best to wait until all the water in your yard and around your house has subsided.
Knowing The Type of Water
When it comes to flood water, there are three different types. Before you act, you will want to figure out what kind of water is in your home. The type will determine whether you can remove the water yourself or need to call a professional water removal company.
Clean water comes from condensation, leaky pipes, and rain. This type of water you can remove yourself.
Grey water comes from toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers. This type of water in most cases is safe to remove yourself.
Blackwater comes from sewage and nearby floodings of rivers or ponds. A professional will need to remove this type of water.
Once you have shut off the source of water, figured out the type of water, and removed all the items from the flooded area, then it is time to remove the water. There are several different ways to remove water from your home. The actual amount of water will determine how you remove it.
If the flooding only left a little bit of water in your home, then you can remove it with buckets. Simply take a few bigger buckets and start filling them with the flood water. This will take some time but saves you from having to rent a shop vac or pump.
A large amount of flood water will require special equipment to remove the water. You will either need a shop vac or pump for this. Be sure you read the instructions thoroughly for whichever equipment you use.
Drying Out Your Home
If items can be dried out in the sun, then it is best to do that. For the flooded area, you will need to have good airflow. To create good airflow in the area, open doors and windows. It is also a good idea to get big fans to dry out the area.
Don’t Do It Yourself
Removing water yourself can be difficult and time-consuming. Instead of taking on a bigger task, call the professionals at Get Me Dry Today.