Uncontrolled water damage poses an enormous risk to both your belongings and your home's structure. Depending on the severity of the damage, DIY water damage restoration may be possible. Here are some DIY tips for mitigating water damage in your home.
Move Belongings Away From Standing Water
Whether you have standing water in your basement or a pipe sprung a leak in your bathroom, the first thing you should do is move all of your belongings that you can away from the water. If you need to move electronics, you should turn off any breakers that send power to the room before attempting to unplug them to avoid injury.
You'll next want to carry all the furniture out of the room with standing water. It is usually best to put wet furniture outside, as furniture can hold a lot of water that could drip out in another room and cause more damage to the floor.
When the furniture is out, pull up the carpet and underpadding and set it outside as well. While furniture may be salvageable if it has not been exposed to water for too long, carpet is almost always destroyed. After soaking up large amounts of water, carpet often shrinks enough that it is no longer usable in the room it came from.
Dry and Ventilate Affected Rooms
The hard part of water damage restoration comes after you have cleared your belongings out of the room. The old-fashioned method of blotting up water with towels, mops, and sponges is usually the best way to dry the room. Wring out mops and rags into buckets as you go, and simply pour the water down a drain.
While you may be able to use a wet/dry vac, be sure you do not plug it up in the same room. Extension cords can also be dangerous if they separate or short out while you are using the vacuum and come in contact with water.
Ventilate the room by opening all windows and doors, and place fans in doorways to assist in evaporating moisture. After you have given the room 24 to 48 hours to dry, you can pull up flooring, remove soggy drywall, and begin the process of mold remediation.
Treating a room for water damage is a large-scale job, but you can use these tips to save the cost of hiring a water intrusion professional for mild to moderate water damage repair.