Know the different types of water
Believe it or not, there are three types of water. The first type is “clean” water from rain, condensation, leaky pipes and so on. It’s relatively harmless to clean it up yourself. But you may also want to consider calling in professional help. The second type is grey water, slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets and so on. And it may 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 would be slightly more expensive than basic water. The third type is black water, such as sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. This water contains waste, bacteria and other serious contaminants. Black water can cause very serious health problems, and you shouldn’t try to clean it up yourself. It’s time to contact the pros for home water damage repair. Black water cleanup is the most expensive type of water damage repair.
Inspect for serious issues like mould
Inspect damaged materials for mould and mildew. Mould can start to grow in the right conditions in as little as 24 hours. For long-term issues, like mould caused by attic condensation, the mould may have started growing a long time ago. And if you find mould and mildew issues, you need to be very careful. Some mould is toxic to humans, and all mould is very damaging to the materials it infests. For small mould issues, cut out the material, bag it, and throw it away immediately. For serious mould issues, get out of the area, shut down any airflow (to avoid spore contamination) and call a professional. And keep in mind that mould can show up in hidden areas like inside walls or under floors, so this inspection and water damage repair will be ongoing.
Dry out the affected area
It’s important to get rid of all moisture ASAP before it causes more damage. And for small leaks, this may not be difficult, but it’s important to be thorough. Use fans to circulate air in the affected area. For larger projects, consider renting a large-capacity dehumidifier to really dry out surrounding wood, carpet and other materials. You don’t want any moisture left after your water damage repair.