GA Water & Fire serving North Georgia provides water damage repair, water extraction and flood cleanup to homes and businesses in Atlanta, Athens, Conyers, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Jonesboro, Tucker, Marietta, Alpharetta, Dallas, Covington, Dalton, Winder, McDonough, Stockbridge, Locust Grove and surrounding areas.
Water Damage inside a home tends to come from only two sources, Mother Nature and mechanical malfunctions. Whether it is from storms, rising rivers and lakes or plumbing leaks and sewer back-ups one fact will remain the same, time is of the essence. The sooner you can cleanup water and the area dried the better the chances are of getting out of the situation with the least amount of damage. The loss your property can be devastating but a health issue arising from improper cleanup procedures, in my opinion, is much more critical.
Depending on the amount of water that you are dealing with, water damage repair can range from a simple shop vac and a few fans to pumping machines, industrial grade dehumidification units, sanitizing and disinfecting. When massive flooding of the home has occurred it is always best to call on the professionals for an accurate evaluation. In the mean time, there a few things that can be done (and not done) to assure safety and the least amount of damage.
We will cover a few of the basics here.
The first and most obvious is to eliminate the source of water if possible such as turning off the main water line. If you are dealing with clean water it is typically safe to enter the home and initiate water damage repair and clean-up but only after the circuit breakers that supply power to the wet room or rooms have been turned off.
Unplug and remove any electrical devices that are in or near the affected area.
Remove as much water as possible with a wet/dry shop vac, mops and rags. Lift drapes off the floor, remove area rugs, and basically anything lying around that can be subject to water, especially newspapers, magazines and books since they can bleed ink and stain. Wipe down solid furniture, remove and air dry wet or damp couch cushions. Aluminum foil can be placed under furniture legs to prevent carpet stains.
If temperatures are over 60 degrees use a dehumidifier, fans and air conditioning to circulate air. Turn on the heat if the weather is cold to aid in the drying process.
Do not attempt cleanup yourself if you are dealing with any kind of sewerage water unless it is absolutely necessary. In this case be sure to wear rubber gloves and protective clothing, a respirator and goggles. When finished handling sewerage-contaminated items immediately remove your outerwear and either dispose of it or wash. Thoroughly scrub with a disinfectant soap. If you develop any adverse heath issues be sure to contact your doctor and make him aware of the situation. In the event that the HVAC system is readily accessible turn it off to prevent the spread of air-born contaminants.
Here are a few addition things to be aware of: Never use a household vacuum to remove water since electrical shock may occur along with damage to the unit. Stay out of rooms that have standing water and the electricity is still on. Do not use ceiling fans when the ceiling is wet. Stay off of wet surfaces as much as possible to avoid accidents and the possible spread of bacteria.