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Residential Water Damage: How To Start The Drying Process

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Has your home recently been flooded as the result of severe weather, a leaking roof, or a plumbing issue? If so, the speed at which you start the drying process can have a huge impact on how severe the resulting water damage is. This is why it is so important for you to get this process started quickly. Even if you intend to call in a professional contractor to complete the process and perform any necessary repairs, there are still things that you can do. Simply follow the steps below.

What You Will Need

  • wet/dry vac
  • towels or mop
  • dehumidifier
  • fans

Step 1: Remove As Much Standing Water As Possible

The furniture and building materials in your home are capable of absorbing a large amount of water. Thankfully, after becoming initially soaked, the rate at which these materials are able to absorb more water will become significantly slower. This provides you with enough time to remove as much of the standing water as possible from your home before it can be absorbed by your furnishings, floors, ceilings, and walls. The fastest and most effective way to accomplish this goal is through the use of a wet/dry vac.

When using a shop vac to remove standing water from your home, be sure that this water is being dumped at least a few feet from your home's foundation. Dumping the water directly next to your home or allowing a backwash hose to hang out of a nearby window or doorway could result in water damage to your foundation as the ground water levels quickly rise.

Step #2: Remove Water From The Air

Evaporation is necessary if you wish to pull the moisture from your furnishings and building materials. Unfortunately, if the air is already filled with high levels of moisture, it will be unable to absorb enough of the excess water to prevent mold and mildew from quickly beginning to grow. This is why it is so important to consistently remove moisture from the air so that evaporation can continue to occur. The best way to do this is through the use of a dehumidifier. However, turning on your home's air conditioning unit can also aid in keeping humidity levels as low as possible inside your home.

Step #3: Keep The Air Circulating

Now that the drying process is in full swing, you will need to keep the air moving in order to prevent strong odors from developing and help to further promote the drying process. This can be done through the use of fans or a natural breeze. However, before you open windows and doors to make use of a natural breeze, be sure to take the time to consider the outdoor humidity levels. If humidity levels are currently high, opening your windows and doors can actually slow the drying process.

For more questions or help, ask experts at companies such as Southwest Restoration Inc.