DIY : Water Damage – Brian Marshall Tampa Contractor – Medium
There’s been water damage from a natural disaster, a pipe leak, or from something else and you need an expert Tampa restoration contractor like Brian Marshall, to clean it up.
A few tips I would recommend in the process of contacting Tampa restoration contractor and salvaging what you can from the water damage.
Tampa Restoration Brian Marshall: Mold
Flood water or from a broken water pipe can get to all sorts of places. Once it’s in, if not removed properly, it will begin to grow mold in areas you didn’t know existed.
Mold will ruin walls, furniture, flooring, and anything else it travels to. It can even cause health problems from poor air circulation, that can lead to severe illness.
Tampa Restoration mold removal or even removing water before it becomes mold is key to preventing water damage.
Make sure you initially contact your insurance to make them aware of the situation before restoration begins. You will also need to unplug any electrical items and remove them along with furniture and pretty much anything that has been in the line of water and store in a dry, safe place.
Tampa Restoration Brian Marshall: What to Remove
Part of the Tampa restoration process includes removing, drying, or even cleaning carpets to prevent mold from seeping in. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to save the underpadding since it will most likely absorb most of the water.
If you’ve had a flood, remove water with buckets, mops, or old rags. Dump water either on the lawn, flower beds or even in sewers, as long as they’re not backed up.
Depending on the amount of water you’re removing, you can use wet/dry vacuums but be very careful not to plug it into an outlet near the water. Again, depending on the amount of water, you may need to call a Tampa restoration contractor or water removal company like Brian Marshall for serious water issues.
The most important thing is to remove all the water possible from the affected area in order to prevent or limit mold.
Tampa Restoration Brian Marshall: Dry-out
Once the area has all water removed, then you must dry it with either a fan or dehumidifier to help the restoration process. Open windows and doors to help circulate air and expedite the procedure.
If drywall is wet, you may have to cut the wet areas because the paper behind it will most likely crumble like a cookie and it’s the ideal place for mold to multiply.
Baseboards may or may not be saved…if it’s made from pressboard, it most likely won’t survive. If it’s made of wood, it may.
Tampa Restoration Brian Marshall: Disinfect
When water hits the interior of your house, where it doesn’t belong, it breeds bacteria. You will have to use a good disinfectant as part of the restoration process to remove it, especially if the water came through sewers, toilets, or other nasty areas. Areas that should be cleaned are walls, furniture that hasn’t been upholstered, tiles, hardwood floors, etc..
No matter the Tampa restoration company that eventually you hire to remove damaging water, make sure they also remove and/or apply a mold control substance through all the affected areas to prevent mold from growing or remove mold.
Tampa Restoration Brian Marshall: Recycle
Once something has been damaged, your first thought may be to dispose of all furniture, carpeting, etc…but that’s not environmentally friendly. What I’d recommend is to take items to recycling centers in your city. You can find out where these centers are located by visiting your city’s website. Items that are accepted to be recycled are old paints, stains, adhesives, and other toxic liquid, of course electronics, and even drywall.
Water damage can be brutal, but having a solid plan is vital in the Tampa restoration process. Tampa restoration contractor Brian Marshall knows a thing or two about the steps to get you dry and get your home back. ~Tampa Restoration Brian Marshall