If you want to avoid mold growth on your stuff, water damage cleanup services must follow suit after the water damage. Mold doesn't need an ample amount of time to appear because it only takes more or less 24 hours for it to grow. The more that you take your time in addressing water damage, the lesser the chance of you restoring your things. Try to salvage your stuff as quickly as you can because water damage will not show mercy on them.
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Before restoring your belongings, your priority is to eliminate the water that's stagnant. Water damage is prompted by several factors – leaky faucets, damaged pipes, water dripping from appliances, the gushing of flood water inside of the home, etc. If the problem is left unresolved, your home might be filled with water. To avoid getting your stuff damaged, try to find mops, towels and old clothes that you can use to absorb the water from the affected area. After you've finished removing the water, try using a dehumidifier to dry up your home. You can also get help from professionals because they have a pump, vacuum and dehumidifier.
Of all your belongings, everything that's made of paper must be taken out of the water immediately. Make use of your towels at home and wipe the wet spots dry. After that, place those objects on an area that has proper ventilation like the window. Make sure to prioritize your documents. If they dry up, photocopy them as soon as possible. Place each book on an upward vertical position and put tissue paper inside of the pages. Try to replace the tissue paper once it has absorbed enough moisture. If the books looked distorted after they become dry, stack them and put a heavy object on top.
If your floor carpet was affected by the water damage and sewerage backup was the source, remove the carpet and padding immediately and dispose them.
Your furniture need to be disposed if the water damage was caused by sewerage backup, flood or ground water infiltration. That's because those problems prompt gray or black water damage. Both are considered carriers of contaminants. A water extraction vacuum can be used on furniture that were only affected by clean water damage – those that was caused by clean waterline at home. You can send your furniture outside of your home if the sun is rising so that it can dry faster. If it still doesn't dry completely after 48 hours, it's best to seek help from professionals. They will try to restore the furniture while checking for mold growth.