I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.
The ability to save personal items from a flood depends on where the flood water came from and how long the items stay soaked with the flood water. While a water damage cleanup crew is saving your home from structural damage, you'll probably be focused on saving as many personal effects as you can. Here is what you need to know about the two critical factors contributing to salvaging water-damaged items and how to recover as many items as you can.
The Origin of the Flood Water
Professional water damage restoration companies categorize flood water three ways depending on where the water came from. The source of the flood water has a major impact on whether or not you can save a personal item.
Category 1 - This water has few contaminates in it that could make you sick if you drink the water. This might be water from a burst water supply pipe. Items soaked with this "clean" water are easiest to save because they require no disinfecting to be safe for you and your family.
Category 2 - This water contains microorganisms and other organic material that can make you feel ill if you drink it. Water from an overflowing toilet falls into this category. Items soaked with this "grey" water need to be disinfected before they are safe to use again.
Category 3 - This water has enough organic material and microorganisms in it that you will likely become sick if you consume it. A broken city sewer pipe that backs up into your basement is in this category and professionals call this "black" water. Items soaked with this water require extensive disinfecting which may damage the item beyond repair.
The Duration That an Item Has Been Soaked
Flood water left standing for long periods becomes more contaminated. Category 1 water can become category 2 water if it stands and collects more microorganisms. You'll need to know how long an item as been sitting in the water to determine if it can be safely saved.
Mold and mildew is another problem with items left soaking in flood water. For example, rugs and carpets left in water for longer than 24 hours have a high risk of developing mold and mildew in them. This makes cleaning them more difficult and reduces the chances of recovering those items so they are safe to use again.
Saving Individual Items from a Flood
Your first goal is to get items out of the flood water as quickly as possible and to a place where they can be left to dry out. You'll then be able to focus on how to recover specific items.
For further help in cleaning up the water damage, contact a company like Servicemaster of Buncombe County.Share
11 February 2016