When a water disaster occurs in your home, your first reaction is to remove the water and get the area dried out as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage to your home's interior. However, in the process it can be difficult to fully clean up the inside of your home and remove all the excess moisture. Moisture and microbes along with mold can remain behind and become a problem a few days to weeks down the line. Here are some essential parts to help you properly restore your home and its interior from the damage caused by a water disaster.

Dry Out the Area

Because it can be difficult to fully dry out your home's interior after a moisture leak, you should take some extra steps and prudence to handle the situation. Use a heavy duty, powered extraction method, such as a commercial shop vac or water extractor machine for best results. You can rent these from most home and garden retailers or equipment rental shops. 

Once you have pulled up all excess water, you will need to focus on drying out the materials within your home, such as wood flooring, drywall, carpeting, and furnishings. You should use a dehumidifier and a heater in addition to fans to circulate the air. The dehumidifier will pull moisture from the air and the interior of the home. 

You can also hire a professional water damage company. They will have access to specialized and high-efficiency equipment, such as industrial grade dehumidifiers and fans along with a moisture level monitor to check the humidity levels during the process.

Disinfect Materials

Another important area of concern when your home has sustained water damage, either from sewage or from external flood waters, is the risk from microbes in the waters. Microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, can quickly cause illness and sickness in your family members.  

For this reason it is important to clean all affected materials with a disinfecting solution, such as a bleach and water mixture. Mix up ten percent bleach to ninety percent water and use it to clean and disinfect surfaces. Other materials, such as carpeting and fabrics, will need to be heat treated along with a disinfecting cleaning to effectively kill the harmful microbes.

A professional water damage restoration company can handle the proper clean-up against microbes and also remove and dispose of any materials that are not able to be fully cleaned and restored. This can include carpet padding and insulation, and also some upholstered furniture.

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