Kingwood and Humble Home Health: What to do After Water Damage
Water is one of the most destructive elements on earth. It causes tens of billions of dollars in damage to properties and crops across the globe annually. While the vast majority of people think flash floods, hurricanes, or other severe weather are the main cause of water damage, the truth is that a leaky roof, a ruptured pipe, a leaking appliance, and even a fire, create their fair share of damage. When water damage strikes, quick action is required to save items in the home and prevent further damage, including mold infestations. If your Kingwood or Humble property needs mold removal, don’t hesitate to contact your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO.
If the water damage in the home comes from a clean water source or gray water source like a broken water pipe, overflowing dishwasher or washing machine, cut off the water supply to prevent further water damageto your Kingwood or Humble area home. It is generally safe to start mopping up the water after shutting off the water source. At this point, it is important to remove any throw rugs or carpets from the floor, preferably to an area where they can dry. Furniture should be wiped down and dried thoroughly to prevent mold and mildew growth.
Clothing that is affected by flood waters can be washed and dried as normal. Leather shoes, coats, and accessories will need special attention and care. It may be tempting to put items outside in the sun to dry, however, this is not the best choice. Leather items should be wiped down, and cleaned with a leather cleaner, and allowed to dry in a shaded area. This is also true of leather furniture; it will need special cleaning and restoration. Your local SERVPRO of Kingwood and Humble team will assess the damage to your personal items, and provide you with options for proper cleaning and restoration. Many items may appear irrevocably damaged however, in many cases we can save them if we act quickly.
After the water source has been turned off, and personal items removed, the next step is to get fresh air moving throughout the home. Turn on the air conditioner, dehumidifiers, fans, and/or open windows, depending on the weather. The goal is to start drying out the affected areas as quickly as possible. Mold can start to develop in the greater Houston area in as little as 48 hours after water damage. While it is naturally tempting to hurry through the process of cleanup, it is essential for the health of your home that proper techniques and equipment are used to prevent further damage. Call your local SERVPRO team when disaster strikes; we are here when you need us.
About the Kingwood-Humble SERVPRO
The SERVPRO teams of Kingwood and Humble are faster to any size disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when floods, fires, mold growths, sewage backups and other events happen. Our primary focus is to get your home back into a safe and healthy condition as quickly as possible. In addition to our neighbors in Kingwood and Humble, we proudly serve surrounding communities in the Houston area.