If you'd like to mitigate the level of damage that occurs during a water damage event, there are a few things that you can do, and in this article, we will go through them.
- Step 1. Find the source of the water that is causing the water damage.
If it is safe to do so, stop the flow. In certain situations, this is not possible, for example, if there is a rainstorm and your roof caves in, there is not much you can do to stop the source of the water. The best thing for you to do is remove what you safely can and get out of there!
The most significant risk of bodily harm and or death when it comes to a basement flood is not taking precautions with the electricity. If you have a burst pipe in your basement and if for whatever reason, the safety features of your circuit breaker haven't kicked in to shut the power down there, there could very well be a running current in that water. If you plunge into that water to locate and or stop the flow of running water, you could receive a shock. If you can't be one hundred percent sure that your flooded basements water is safe to enter, do not take any chances.
- Step 2. Considering that you were able to safely stop the flowing water that was causing the water damage event, you are going to want to try and remove the standing water from the scene as best as you can.
Whether that means getting some towels or a bucket, the more water you can stop from sitting, the more you are limiting the amount of damage that is going to occur from that water. If you removed as much water that you could, the next step is letting the area dry. Open some windows or bring a fan to the affected area to get air flowing in there. The last thing you want to do is make it dark and limit the airflow, as that is a recipe for potentially harmful mold to start growing!
- Step 3. Find yourself a water damage repair company to come out there and take a look at your water damage situation.
There are many fantastic water damage repair companies that can get to the scene of a water damage event reasonably quickly. Many of them will come out right away and possibly even give you a free estimate of what it would cost to fix your issue and restore your home or business to its previous glory.