Monday, September 28, 2009

What To Do If Your Home Gets Flooded

(SPM Wire) What should you do if water starts seeping into your home or flooding your basement?

There are several steps to get you dry and prevent permanent water damage, according to Stephen Elliott, owner of StructureMedic, a restoration service organization specializing in water damage cleanup:

If water is in danger of reaching electrical outlets, and if it is safe to do so, make your way to the breaker outlet and shut off power.

Remove furniture and other important belongings to a higher, dryer space. The sooner the better to prevent permanent damage.

Drain excess water immediately. Get a few drain pumps that connect to a common hose to get rid of all unwanted water.

After eliminating excess water, dry flooring and carpeting. Get some fans running. Move carpeting to a dryer area and vacuum it to suck up most of the water.

Run a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels down to prevent molding. Don't let water sit in the dehumidifier.

Fight bacteria. Water that comes in from outside is likely to have yard chemicals in it which are poison, as well as animal waste. An anti-bactericide will be needed to fight unwanted bacteria.

If you need to call a professional, make sure they are certified in these areas by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a nonprofit certifying body in the disaster restoration industry.

For more information on disaster restoration, visit www.structuremedic.com.


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