Cleaning up a house or building after a flood or different types of water damage is a very consuming effort. IBX Services as a water damage restoration company has some tips to help you through the process of drying.
1. Ensure to be safe
The most important thing in any water clean-up situation is safety. Before preparing for drying, be sure that power has been completely turned off in any flooded spaces. Also, protect your hands, eyes, and mouth as floodwater has the possibility to be contaminated with harmful substances. After those priority things, call a professional with specialized water damage restoration equipment. They will take care of your situation.
2. Before starting the drying
We take lots of photographs of the water damage before starting work. This will help with the guarantee claims and adjustments. IBX Services also take care to repair every area where water can reenter the house, including roof damage.
3. Circulate air as much as possible
Drying and circulating air is crucial in dealing with water damage. We recommend opening all the windows once the conditions are suitable. And, also if it’s safe to use the electricity, set up fans to help circulate air throughout the space. Fans can bring in and circulate air from outside.
If all floor area is dry out, you can open cabinets and closet doors. Avoid using a central air or heating system with any ductwork that has been submerged, as that could blow mold, dirt, or other contaminants into the living space.
4. Reduce moisture caused by water damage
Once the air is flowing, we start dealing with the items in your rooms. It’s important to focus on larger water-soaked items first, like rugs and upholstered furniture. If those items are affected by dirty water, they have to be thrown away immediately. We have to prevent harmful bacteria and other contaminants.
5. IBX Services clean and prevent mold
If recovering from a significant flood, it’s important that all surfaces that could have been in contact with bacteria that came up through sewers, etc. are fully disinfected by professionals. If dealing with a clean leak from rainwater or pipes, disinfection isn’t as high of a priority, but always a safe choice. IBX Services will disinfect all your property. We apply specialty mold preventative to ensure no mold spores survive.