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Water Damage Remediation - The First 4 Things To Do

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Imagine walking down to your basement and finding a lake. You need to take care of this problem. First you need to find out where the water is coming in and either stop it permanently or temporarily. Within 24 hours, mold can start.

Once the water coming into the basement is stopped, you want to remove the water that has entered the basement. You can do this with shop vacs, pumps, or heavy duty extractor vacuums to remove the water you can see.

Then you want to get the basement dry. Once you remove the water, you still have all kinds of humidity from the carpet or wall board that has gotten wet. If you have wall board or paneling remove the bottom foot along with the insulation that may have gotten wet. Once this is done, run high-end humidifiers in there to suck the air dry. You also want fans and/or blowers in there. If you have carpet, raise it up to dry it out really well.

Then you want to sanitize anything that has gotten wet with an antimicrobial material on it to stop any mold from growing. Get anything like boxes that has gotten wet out of the area.

The fourth and final step is to permanently stop the water from coming in. First look for cracks in the cement wall, where the wall and floor meet, around tie-rods, around sewer pipes, water pipes and conduits. You also want to look for cracks in the cement floor.

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