The most essential part of restoration of water damage is drying itself. It is carried out at all levels, starting from switching on the fans of the affected areas/opening the windows, to using dehumidification devices. Be prepared because it might take a while for your house to be free of excessive moisture and it is also crucial that you do not hurry the process for fear of experiencing recurrences.
Here is a little briefing about what drying actually means, and how it will be conducted:
While talking about drying we are actually referring to the process by which we can get rid of the moisture embedded in your furniture. Also, we sometimes need to dehumidify the air in your house. This enables us to dry any moisture content in it, and bring it down to normal levels for a rapid restoration effect.
Some new methods are being put to use including high velocity air movers along with the regular dehumidifiers. This will remove not only the visible moisture but also dry any unwanted moisture hiding inside your walls and under your furniture. After the house has been evaluated by water restoration people, as per the requirement they will move on to treat it. They can pump, drain or absorb the water using various devices. Evaporation of water is also useful. There are certain appliances which help in water evaporation from the air, and help reduce the level of humidity which further assists in speeding up the drying process. By monitoring the levels of air moisture regularly we can adjust the rate of evaporation as per our requirement.
Anything suggestive of molds should be discarded if possible or treated immediately. When we have established that the air is being effectively dehumidified and also that our furniture is dried out and is prevented from being exposed to further moisture, we can start looking for areas that will need repair. Remember any repairs made prior to proper moisture control will be fruitless and hence should be avoided until the experts give you the thumbs up sign.
With all this in control, you can rectify any minor issues, and you can repair the damaged furniture. There are sometimes issues encountered regarding bad odor. When we say bad we mean bad…there are a few simple tricks though. We can use baking soda and vinegar to rid the carpets and upholstery off the odor. The vinegar usually dries of and the baking soda can be removed by vacuuming the house the next day. Sometimes we may also need proper deodorizers to make your home breathable and healthy.
The best way to escape all these issues is to prevent them. When the climate changes are expected, appropriate measures should be taken beforehand. Regular cleaning should be done. Basements should be kept dry and also any roof leaks, whether major or minor, should be immediately repaired as well. In short, you can start living the normal life you once had, again.