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The Water Mitigation Procedures

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

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The Water Mitigation Procedures

Water damage is one of the most dangerous and destructive things that can happen to your Orlando, FL home. The longer you wait to mitigate the water damage, the more likely it is that mold will grow and cause further issues. If you've experienced a flood or other type of water damage, follow these steps as soon as possible:

Preserve your property.

If you have a home or business with flood damage, contact us today to get the water mitigation help you need. Keeping your property safe and secure while we work on restoring it will be one less thing for you to worry about. We can preserve your belongings by removing any wet clothing, towels or other materials from the area so they do not continue to soak through more things. We also make sure that any doors are locked and windows are closed so no intruders come in while we are working. If children live in your home, their rooms should be cleared out until we finish drying them out with fans and dehumidifiers—this will ensure their health as well as protect them from any mold that might be present in damp areas of the house after being flooded with water.

Contact a water mitigation service.

The first thing you should do once you discover a water leak is to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of East Orlando. Water damage can cause numerous issues and problems, including mold and mildew growth, electrical hazards, and structural damage to your home.

  • Do not try to clean up the water yourself. It's best to leave this job for professionals who have the equipment necessary for drying out your home safely.
  • Restore any property that has been damaged by floodwaters as soon as possible. Once it is dry, apply anti-mold products if there's still any sign of mold growth or other signs of mildew in your home's interior walls or flooring materials such as carpeting or hardwood floors.

Clean up any standing water.

Clean up any standing water. This is a simple step, but it’s also one of the most important. Standing water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, so it needs to be removed as soon as possible. The best way to do this is with the use of wet/dry vacuum cleaners, shop vacuums (which are often more powerful than regular household vacuums) or wet/dry pumps that pump out flood water directly into your home's septic system.

Turn off the power.

Before you can do any other work on your water heater, you must turn off the power to it.

You can use a circuit tester to verify that the power is off: if there is no current flowing through the wire, then the electrical supply has been interrupted. To turn off power at your main circuit breaker or fuse box:

  • Locate your main circuit breaker or fuse box in your home, which is typically located near where you enter through any doors (front door or garage door).
  • Turn off all switches and breakers within this panel by flipping each of them upward (to OFF) until they click into place. If there are no switches in this panel or none that control water heaters, then call an electrician for help turning off those circuits in question.

Let the experts handle mold remediation.

Mold remediation is a specialized field of work that requires special equipment and training. It can also be very expensive, so if you are considering hiring a company to do the work on your home, it’s best to contact an experienced firm rather than someone who is new in the field.

When looking for a mold remediation company in your area, it’s important to know the difference between mold inspection companies and mold remediation companies. A full-service inspector will come into your home and analyze all areas where there could be moisture accumulation or leaks (such as windowsills), while an expert in remediation will focus on removing existing mold growth from walls, floors, or other surfaces within your home before making any repairs to prevent future issues from occurring again (such as installing ventilation fans).

The most important thing to do after a flood is to get help. A professional water mitigation company can minimize damage, reduce cleanup costs, and make sure your home is safe and dry again. The sooner you call in the pros, the better off you’ll be!

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