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The number one principle in emergency water removal is simple; time is of the essence. The sooner floodwater is removed from a home, the lesser the damage will be. Even a few additional minutes of floodwater in contact with your carpet, walls, and furniture can lead to significantly greater levels of damage. At Stanley Restoration in Cedar Hill, we are dedicated to quickly removing water and ensuring that all the homes we work in receive the best care possible. Along with calling a professional cleaning and restoration company, below are a few other tips on emergency water removal from your home more quickly before the professionals arrive.
Sump pumps are one of the best tools you can have on hand to minimize flood damage in your home. A sump pump is a pump that is set up in the basement and is capable of pumping large amounts of water out of a home in a relatively short time. This is important because using your sump pump for emergency water removal can decrease the actual level that the flood water reaches. Thus, in turn, means less damage to your home and lower costs for you. Sump pumps are also very affordable and quality models can be purchased for under $100. It is a small investment, but it can be a huge benefit to you (and more than pay for itself) if your basement ever floods.
Opening Doors And Windows
Of all the things you can do after a flood, this is by far the most simple. The reasoning behind opening your doors and windows increases the amount of air circulation throughout your home. Increased air circulation allows the floodwater to evaporate more quickly and simplifies the removal process. Furthermore, the more quickly floodwater evaporates, the less damage it will be able to cause. If you can open your doors and windows without it causing any additional problems, you should do so.
One of the major problems you will encounter after a flood is dealing with the humidity level in the home. Such high humidity levels propagate mold growth and further water damage. Dehumidifiers are one of the most effective means of diminishing the high humidity levels after a flood. Although, you may want to consider if it is worth it for you to use a dehumidifier after a flood. Small, household dehumidifiers often have very small trays because they are not designed to the high humidity environment of a flood. If this is the case, you may need to change the tray so regularly that it is not worth the effort. If your tray is large enough, however, it will be worth your time to use a dehumidifier.
The final, and most effective, way of water removal from your home quickly is contact a reputable cleaning and restoration company as soon as possible. We at Stanley Restoration in Cedar Hill specialize in emergency water removal and can be out to your home right away after a flood to help you remove the floodwater and quickly restore your home back to normal.