Once you've shut down the water supply and electricity, you might be staring at puddles and wondering,"What now?" Now it is time to estimate and do water damage repair–and do it fast! Wet materials start developing quite serious issues like mold after about 24 hours. You don't have the time to wait.
Know the Different Types of Water
Believe it or not, there are three kinds of water. The first type is"clean" water from condensation, rain, leaky pipes, etc. It's relatively harmless to clean it up yourself. But if you decide to seek outside assistance, it costs around $3.75 per square foot for basic water damage cleanup (replacements not included).
The second type is gray water, slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean bathrooms, and so on. And it might have some contaminants. But you can clean it up yourself if you remove it carefully and with proper safety gear to protect yourself. Professional water damage cleanup cost rises to $4.50 per square foot.
The third kind is black water, such as sewage or severe flooding from nearby rivers, etc.. This water comprises waste, bacteria and other serious contaminants. Black water can cause very serious health problems, and you should not try to clean it up yourself. It's time to get hold of the experts for home water damage repair. Water damage cleanup cost rises to $7 per square foot.
Inspect for Serious Issues like Mold
Inspect damaged materials for mould and mildew. Mold can begin to grow in the right conditions in as little as 24 hours. For long-term issues, like mold brought on by attic condensation, the mold may have started growing a very long time ago. And if you discover mold and mildew issues, you want to be very careful.
Some mold is toxic to humans, and all mold is very damaging to the substances it infests. For small mold problems, cut the material, bag it, and throw it away immediately. For serious mold problems, get out of the area, shut down any airflow (to avoid spore contamination) and call a water damage restoration professionals.
And keep in mind that mold can show up in hidden areas like inside walls or under floors, so this review and water damage repair will be continuing.