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Remove Clutter NOW Before You Have A Flooding Issue

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

cluttered homeClutter happens, often without occupants of a home even being fully aware of it. Stuff seems to multiply when your back is turned. Sorting out the accumulation and storing or discarding surplus items slips further and further down the to-do list. As the stockpile increases and household disorder proliferates, however, the potential for exacerbated water damage also mounts. Here are three reasons why reducing clutter is a worthwhile DIY project to prevent water damage and its consequences:

  • Clutter makes water damage harder to detect. Stacks and boxes of miscellaneous items in certain rooms like the basement obstruct the view of early signs of impending water damage such as dripping plumbing pipes or infiltration of water from outdoors. By the time the problem becomes visible, damage may be well advanced and other consequences such as toxic mold growth have already taken hold.
  • Clutter absorbs water, making clean-up harder. Often, items stored are paper, clothing, cardboard and other absorbent materials. If a leak or flooding occurs, water can be quickly and efficiently extracted from a clear, unobstructed floor space. If the floor of the room is occupied by clutter that has absorbed large amounts of water, conversely, water damage remediation becomes more labor-intensive, takes longer to complete and is more expensive.
  • Clutter increases the potential for toxic mold growth, even without a significant water damage event. Mold doesn’t require indoor flooding to grow. Residual moisture from any source, including chronic high indoor humidity is sufficient. In a room stacked high with clutter, air circulation is insufficient to evaporate dampness naturally. Residual moisture from humidity may spawn active mold. Paper products and fabrics that are frequently included in clutter also provide cellulose which feeds mold. Because mold growth is typically hidden from sight by the disarray, it can thrive and become an ongoing source of contamination that spreads throughout the house.


3 Flood Cleanup Tips For Indoor Home Flooding

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

flood cleanupA few flood cleanup tips can be helpful if the amount of water released inside your home is limited. Do-it-yourself methods should utilized only if the water involved is clean—i.e., originating from a broken water pipe or fixture—and restricted to only a single room. Before attempting cleanup yourself, ensure the area is safe to work in and free from hazards such as electrical shock or contaminated water. If you have doubts about handling the scope of the work or any safety issues, contact professional water damage recovery services first.

For small indoor flooding, here are three flood cleanup tips:

Begin ASAP. Indoor flooding is a dynamic event that isn’t over just because the source of water is stopped. Water continues to migrate throughout the structure into inaccessible areas, seeping under baseboards and into walls as well as leaking from upper levels down to lower. Also, mold growth triggered by exposure to moisture begins within 24 to 48 hours after an indoor flood. Water must be removed as quickly as possible to stop spreading damage and active mold contamination.

Get the water out. For small-scale flooding in a single room, utilize whatever’s on hand to remove water: Mop and bucket, old towels, sponges, etc. Absorb as much water as you can and remove it from the house. If the affected room is on a ground floor with an exterior door, push water out the door with a floor broom or large squeegee. If a wet/dry vacuum is available, it can also be used to suck up water quickly. However, take precautions about using electrical equipment and/or extension cords in a wet environment.

Start circulating air. Indoor humidity rises substantially whenever there’s a water spill inside the house. This can cause secondary damage to sensitive materials and possessions. Open windows and run fans to move as much air as possible. In addition to drying out hidden residual moisture from the flood, this helps reduce damaging humidity. If weather conditions permit, running the central air conditioner also helps dehumidify the house.


What Homeowners Can Do to Minimize the Risk of Flood Damage

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Though you can’t do much to control the risk factors that lead to flooding, you can minimize flood damage if it should happen. Property damage from floods exceeds $2 billion in an average year, and in areas that are prone to flooding, the statistical chance that your home will incur serious water damage far exceeds the chance of damage from a fire. Since some flood potential exists virtually anywhere you may reside, advance measures to minimize flood damage are likely to prove worthwhile.