Do you have a problem where water got into your home? If so, you're likely wondering what you should do to clean up the damage. Here are a few simple steps to help you do it.
Remove The Water
The first thing you need to do is remove the water from your home. If there is a lot of water, you are going to need a submersible pump and a very long hose. You'll want to get the water as far away from your home as possible, preferably towards a main sewer so that you know for sure the water is gone. If there isn't a lot of water, you may be able to remove it by using a wet vacuum.
Divert The Water
You'll now need to figure out how the water is getting into your home so that you can stop it. If it is due to a leak in your foundation, you'll want to find ways to divert water away from the place where it is coming in. This includes doing things like extending downspouts so that rainwater goes farther away or putting a tarp over a hole in your roof so that water cannot get in anymore. If water is getting into your window wells, you'll need to use sandbags to prevent water from rising up to your home and getting inside. If you do not divert the water, more is going to get back into the area that you just drained.
Assess The Damage
You should start to take pictures of the damage so that you can properly assess what happened. You'll need these photos to submit to your insurance company in order to make a claim. Make sure you are able to clearly identify how the water is getting into your home so that your insurance company has no doubt about how it happened.
Restore The Damaged Area
The biggest part of the process of cleaning up water damage will be restoring your home. You want to make sure all of the water and moisture is gone so that you do not start seeing mold growth inside your home. This often means cutting out wet drywall that is damaged beyond repair, treating wood that has been soaked in water, and replacing items that have been damaged by water.
Reach out to a flood damage cleaning company for more information on how they can help.