5 Things to Do While Waiting for a Water Damage Company to Come and Dry out Your Home
Water damage remediation companies specialize in drying out flooded homes, and it’s often impossible to get a flooded house fully dry without calling a service. You don’t have to wait for a service’s representative to come before you start to dry out a home, though. If your home floods, here’s what you can do while waiting for a water damage company to come.
Open the Windows When It’s Not Raining
Open all the windows in your home anytime it’s not raining, snowing or sleeting. If your home has screen doors and there’s no flooding outside, open the doors too.
Opening doors and windows whenever there isn’t any precipitation outside will help increase the airflow through your home, and getting air moving through your house is essential to drying it out. Even if you think it’s humid outside, having air moving through your home will help — and it’s likely not as humid outside as it is inside your house if your home was recently flooded.
Set Up All the Fans You Have
You might not have heavy-duty fans like water damage companies do, but you can still set up the fans you do have until a company’s able to bring larger ones. Any size fan will help. Depending on what you have, you might:
• Turn on your home’s ceiling fans
• Put window fans in windows
• Use box fans and tower fans near doors and in hallways
• Set rotating fans in the middle of rooms that don’t have ceiling fans
• Place clip fans so they blow air into hard-to-reach corners
All the fans you set up should be turned on high to maximize airflow, and it’s a good idea to move non-fixed fans around periodically to dry out all of your home. Just be careful to keep little kids away from any fans that are placed within their reach.
Hang Up Cloth Items Outside
Any cloth items that can be moved should be placed outside to dry. Area rugs, clothing, towels and tablecloths should all be placed outside if they’re wet. Even furniture that’s wet can be put outside. Ask a family member or neighbor to help you move any large furniture, and set up a clothesline for rugs and clothes if you don’t already have one.
You’ll want everything you can move drying outside so that it dries faster and the evaporated water doesn’t contribute to the moisture levels inside your home.
Remove All Excess Water
As much as you’re able to, remove all excess water that’s in your home. Depending
on what part of your house flooded and whether any water remains pooled in that area, this might involve:
• Bailing out areas with a bucket or pail
• Vacuuming water up from hard or soft surfaces with a wet/dry vacuum
• Wiping water off of hard surfaces with towels
Of course, any items you use to soak up water should be placed outside to dry when you’re done so the water in them actually leaves your home.
Keep Your Blinds and Curtains Open During the Day
During daytime hours, keep your blinds and curtains open wide. This will allow the sun in, and sunlight can help dry out your home. It’ll warm up whatever it hits, which will increase how quickly water evaporates from these places. As an added bonus, sunlight can help sanitize whatever it shines on.
At night, you can close your blinds and curtains for privacy. Since the sun isn’t out, there’s little reason to keep them open. As soon as you’re up in the morning, though, reopen all your blinds and curtains to let in as much sunlight as possible.
If your home has been flooded and you need a water damage company to dry it out, contact us at Moore Restoration.