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Water Damage Cleanup Tips for Quick Recovery

October 18, 2017.

When water breaches your home or business, it has the potential to deal a double blow to your property. First comes the physical damage to structures and belongings, but the health risks can come into play weeks or even months later. After a flood, moisture can create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Flood waters are often contaminated, further facilitating dangerous health conditions.

You know the first step for water damage cleanup is to get the water out of your space, followed by working to stop future flooding at the source. What do you do once the water recedes, though? When the health and safety of everyone in your household or visiting your business is on the line, it’s imperative to make the right choices.

During and Immediately After a Flood

Ideally, you’ll be able to spring into action the moment water gains entry to your home. The earlier you can begin working to address the issue, the less time and effort you’ll be forced to invest in recovery.

If flooding is the result of broken or damaged plumbing, you should immediately shut off the water supply to your home at the main. Find the source of the leak and stop the flow of water. Most property owners will need to contact a reputable plumber for this task, though a handy property owner with working knowledge may be able to address the leak source on their own. Remember that time is of the essence. If you have any doubts about your ability to effectively fix the leak, call a pro.

Once the water stops flowing, it’s time to start working on removal. Standing water is a health hazard due to the high likelihood of contamination. Clearing it out does present additional risks, particularly when you’re using electrical equipment to do the job. Submersible pumps can be a valuable tool, but are still electrical devices with the potential to cause trouble when combined with water.

Wet/dry vacuums can be great for removing smaller amounts of water, but the same cautions apply.

After Water Damage: Cleanup and Restoration

Once the water has been removed, you’ll be left with waterlogged belongings that are almost certainly harboring bacterial, mold and mildew growth. This means one of the most popular options of disposal, donation, is immediately out of the question. You won’t be able to haul your affected belongings to a donation center after water damage; cleanup may even require mold remediation services and special cleaning.

Even if you have access to a large truck or trailer, managing the wreckage left after a water event will be an enormous challenge. At Jiffy Junk, we know the experience of a flood is traumatic enough. You don’t need the health risk or the emotional stress of trying to clear away beloved mementos and belongings destroyed by water damage.

Our trained pros will come to your home or business in the Nassau and Suffolk Counties area, working to provide white-glove water damage cleanup services. We’ll make sure all your water-damaged belongings are disposed of as ethically and responsibly as possible, working to recycle what we can to minimize landfill contributions. We’ll even leave your space clean-swept and ready for the next step along the road to a full recovery.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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