After your home suffers from water damage caused by flood or a leaky pipe, the first thing you’ll want to do is to get things back to normal and save as many items as you can. If you really can’t lose all your important properties, here’s how you can salvage them from water damage while making sure they will still work just fine.
Water and electronics apparently don’t mix and when it happens, it can be devastating and even dangerous. More often, water can kill your electronic devices but sometimes, it depends on the submersion level or whether or not they are plugged during the flood. If your electronic device has touched dirty water while it’s plugged or on, it can be a hopeless situation for you. Nonetheless, if the water did not reach the hardware right away, you may be able to save it.
When trying to save an electronic device, the first thing you have to do is to turn off the device and if they have batteries, remove them immediately. Rinse the electronics and clean the corrosion with cotton swabs and a cleaning solution. Next, dry your gadget with a soft cloth and check if it is safe to put the battery back on or power it on. If you don’t have any know-how of repairing electronic devices, don’t attempt to do it yourself. Instead, have everything done by a professional so you can avoid any danger or damage and have a higher chance of saving your electronics.
Your house won’t be complete without furniture and if there’s a flood in your house, they can easily get damaged, especially the wooden ones. To restore your wooden furniture, you’ll need to dry it first and place it in a room with good air circulation and warm temperature. You may turn on the fans and heating to hasten the process. If there are white spots in the furniture, you can treat them with baking soda and toothpaste and polish them with dry cotton fabric. For black spots, you can use a bleach solution and give it a new coating.
If you want to save your upholstered furnitures such as chairs and couches, you need to clean and dry them as well. To kill bacteria and pathogens, pressure treats them with very high-temperature water. You can then dry them properly and place in a room where there are dehumidifiers or air movers. If the water has soaked the furniture for a long time, you may need to remove the upholstery to clean, dry and treat them properly.
Papers are most fragile when they are wet and if you want to save your paper items from water damage, you need to handle them carefully. To recover them, you need to air dry your paper items such as important documents, books and photographs. There may be some physical distortions as a result but the most important thing is you’ll be able to save your documents.
After drying, you need to clean them and remove mold and debris. You may use a dry cloth or a bottle brush to clean damaged books and documents that have been exposed to black water or Class3 water, you’ll need to sterilize them through Gamma Radiation to protect your immune system. However, if you think it’s too risky or daunting for you, you can always ask a professional to do it for you. As much as you want to recover your important documents, your health and safety should still be your first priority.
When trying to recover water-damaged textiles, you need to take certain precautions and protect yourself from soiled textiles. They can be dusty and smelly it is important to wear a mask and gloves when doing this procedure. First, discard unsalvageable textiles and keep the ones you can still save. In this case, drying the textiles won’t be enough to get rid of waste and contamination. You’ll need to disinfect them using bleach and before you wash them, make sure to sanitize your washing machine with chlorine bleach, detergent, and hot water to avoid sewage contamination. When drying the textiles, use a regular setting and hang them outside to dry.
Once they are completely dry, you can iron them or better steam press them to help kill germs and bacteria. If you are not sure if you can clean and disinfect them safely and properly, consult a professional and let them do the work for you. Most mold remediation companies have the proper knowledge and skills to provide you with the best water damage restoration outcome.
All these tips can help you save important items after water damage but if you are afraid of creating further damages to your properties or just want to make the restoration process as quickly as possible, you can always rely on a reputable water damage restoration company.