5 Steps to Effectively Dealing with Water Damage / Flooding
Water damage in any form can seem disheartening – but there are steps that you can and should do to alleviate the problem. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely your property has been flooded, and you’re struggling to wrap your head around the do’s and don’ts of water damage.
We’ve put together a quick list of steps you can take to ensure the best outcome in a tricky situation.
Check for Signs of Danger
Before taking any action, it’s important to take a step back and assess the damage from afar. Our guide to water damage categories – lets you gauge how safe it is to interact with the damage – if at all. You may also find it useful to check our [link] guide on what NOT to do in case of water damage.
If it is safe to interact with the water, carry on with the following steps:
Remove Excess Water from Floors and Hard Surfaces
Mop up ceramic or vinyl floors to eliminate as much surface water as possible. Wipe as much excess water from wooden furniture as possible after removal of lamps and table-top pieces. Don’t forget to open drawers and cabinet doors for complete drying (however don’t use force as this may cause damage.)
Prepare Wet Furniture for Drying
To ensure all furniture drys evenly: remove any wet upholstery cushions, rugs and other light objects and prop them up – watching closely for colour bleeding. Separate wet carpeting from furniture by placing aluminium foil or plastic bags between them.
Remove Belongings and Valuables
Remove all light and valuable objects, such as art, paintings and collectables – and store them in a safe, dry environment. Remove your clothing and belongings, and allow them to dry – preferably in sunlight. If your belongings are in suitcases, open them up to dry.
Call for Professional Help
While the before-mentioned steps will help protect your home and belongings as much as possible – the most important step is to ring in for professional help. Time is not on your side when it comes to water damage, and procrastinating may lead to more serious issues in the future.
Enviro operates a 24-hour response service with qualified technicians on-call nationwide, so you can limit your losses and restore property without delay.
Have A Water Damage Emergency?
Call 0800-222-379 or visit our Flood Restoration page for more info