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Dealing With Central Texas Water Damage and Flooding

How To Best Deal With Austin Water Damage

As weather patterns change throughout the country, it often seems that springtime comes in like a lion and maintains a steady roar until the summer arrives. When it comes to water damage, there’s not much you can do proactively to protect your home, aside from purchasing a safe for your valuables. But knowing how to respond if and when you’re faced with such a situation can help minimize the damage to your home and protect your safety. Some advice that might be helpful if you experience a water intrusion into your home or office, after a disaster, timely water damage clean up can prevent the property from further damage.

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Water Damage:

Water damage arises from fire damage, broken pipes, blocked drains, malfunctioning appliances, storms and other causes. The appropriate treatment depends on the nature of the damage. Some water carries contaminates and should be considered hazardous (see sewage and Flood Damage, below). Whatever the origin, the prospects of successful water damage restoration depend primarily on the speed with which your building and personal property can be dried. Even clean water can generate mildew and other bacterial growth if neglected.

DO…

  • Stop the flow of water, at the meter if necessary
  • Call your local Austin water damage restoration contractor
  • Ventilate wet areas. Turn on air conditioning for accelerated drying in summer; in winter, alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk.
  • Stay out of rooms were ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Transport computers to a dry environment, remove cases and blow dry with low-pressure
  • Remove lamps, telephones and decorative items from wet furniture tops.
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
  • Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.

DO NOT…

  • Operate TVs, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.
  • Used heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded moisture damage may result.
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart and dry as soon as possible.

 

Sewage & Flood Damage:

Raw sewage and flood waters contain bacteria and other microorganisms which are extremely hazardous to human health. These can be transmitted by touching contaminated items or by tracking them into uncontaminated areas on shoes. Children and pets are especially vulnerable. Frequent hand washing is an important preventive measure. Absorbent materials such as carpeting and drywall may not be restorable after direct contact with sewage-contaminated or flood-contaminated water.

DO…

  • Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until adequately
  • Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.

DO NOT…

  • Track contaminated material into undamaged
  • Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not adequately disinfect contaminated surfaces.
  • Do not try to do it yourself; you are not equipped to deal with this type disaster