After dealing with accumulated water caused by a flood, you can now check you house and furniture for damages and plan how you will go about the water damage restoration. There is no single process applicable for a restoration project. Techniques and procedures will differ for each type of material and for each level of damage.
To make the water damage restoration easier, group damaged furniture and fixtures according to urgency of restoration. Put the most important things on the top of your list and work from the top to bottom. Also include in your list all the tools you will need so they can be available once you start your project.
If carpets are on the top of your list, carefully consider if you want to deal with this yourself or have the carpet sent to a professional cleaner. Water damage restoration on carpets is very meticulous since employing the wrong method can cause the carpet to shrink, lose color or cause stitches to loosen.
Before you start your water damage restoration, ensure that you follow a few safety precautions. While it you can save a lot in a do-it-yourself project, you can be exposed to health hazards if you are not careful. Since you will be handling flood affected furniture, protect yourself from body contact. Wear waterproof clothing such as coveralls, gloves, goggles, masks and boots.
Another health hazard you may want to avoid during a water damage restoration is being in contact with electrically grounded surfaces. To avoid this risk, turn off your electrical supply first and have your electrical system checked by a professional electrician. The same precaution should also go with using electrically powered water damage tools.
Using tools such as dehumidifiers, wet vacuums and air blowers can hasten any restoration project. You can still actually save if you choose to use such tools since you can only rent and don’t have to buy them. However, if you do choose to use such tools, make sure that your electrical system is safe to use and you keep the interior of these tools free from water.
A do-it-yourself water damage restoration project can be a success if you work systematically and fast. In addition, an extra set of hands can be a big help as well. However, if you think you are shorthanded or incapable of the task, you can always contact a professional contractor. Just make sure you hire a qualified and experienced one.