4 Emergency Steps to take after the occurrence of water damage.

No matter how many preventive measures and procedures are taken, there are often times when water damage becomes inevitable. A sprinkler system may go off inadvertently or a pipe may get ruptured at an unidentified point. When any of this or other situations occur, water damage unavoidably occurs with its undesirable effect. Rather than panic or become unnecessarily fearful, it is time to get proactive. There are some quick steps that can be taken to immediately rectify or at least reduce the extent of damage done. Also, these steps are necessary to ensure that no harm comes to anybody within the immediate vicinity of the site of water damage. The steps are as follows:

Electricity is the enemy- If you still remember your high school physics to a good extent, then you’ll know that water lowers the resistivity (or increases the conductivity) of any object. In other words, your water flooded apartment is quite likely to get you zapped just by standing on the wet wooden floor if there’s an exposed source of electric current. So the first step to take should be to turn off every electrical appliance right from the source; switch off all power outlets to ensure your safety.

Salvage dry stuff: Books, wooden chairs or tables, clothes, cartons, or generally any objects that have not yet been affected by the spreading water should be removed from the affected area. Often, in the panic of a water damage incident, your first instinct may be to try and get rid of as much of the moisture as you can, however, this is not a very smart move for two reasons. First, you can’t keep up with the spread of the moisture no matter how fast you try to mop, so why not get the damageable stuff out of the way first. Also, removing as many objects as possible allows you to unclutter the space and focus exclusively on dealing with the water damage.

Mop! Mop!! Mop!!! As much as you can, make an attempt to dry off any fresh source of water spillage.
Although you may eventually need to take more serious steps such as bringing out furniture, sun drying rugs or even using a dehumidifier, it’s still important that you mop as much as you can. You will be surprised at how effective an absorbent piece of fabric can be in mitigating the consequences of water damage.

Ventilation- One of the ways by which you can dry out an area effectively is through the bulk motion of ambient air. Open all windows and if there’s a fan or an air-conditioning unit, turn it on. This will make it easier to deal with the moisture as fast as possible.

All of the above are only preliminary lines of action, but they’ll definitely lower the extent of destruction and reduce the amount of work you have to do in correcting the adverse effects of water damage.


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