The initial effects of a flood can cause significant damage in your home. However, flooding is typically the most destructive when the floodwater is not quickly removed from your home. Thus, a flood can continue to bring about further damage and problems in your home long after the initial flood. To prevent this from happening, below are four simple things you can do to prevent a flood from causing continual damage in your home in Ogden, Utah.
Installing a sump pump is one of the most effective ways of mitigating the effects of a flood. Sump pumps don’t prevent flooding, but they can significantly minimize the effects of a flood if one occurs. Another benefit of sump pumps is they are very affordable. You can buy a good quality sump pump for under $200. Because of the low cost and significant potential benefits, keeping a sump pump in your basement in the case of a flood is highly recommended.
The easiest way to make sure that a flood doesn’t continue to have adverse effects on your home for months afterwards is to call a professional cleaning and restoration company, for health. A professional cleaning and restoration company (like our expert flood mitigation team at Swift) has all the equipment experience and manpower necessary to get the job done quickly and effectively. Calling a cleaning and restoration company for help will also help put your mind at ease since you know that they know exactly what needs to be done. The promptness with which you call a cleaning and restoration company is also important. Every hour that flood water remains in your home after a flood adds to the overall damage being done so you should be prepared to call a restoration contractor as soon as you possibly can after the flood strikes.
The degree of natural air circulation throughout your home can play a significant role in speeding up the restoration process. It’s very simple how this works. The more air circulation through your home, the greater opportunity there is for the floodwater to evaporate. The easiest way to do this is to simply open as many doors and windows as you can to increase natural air circulation. You can also do this by using fans on the most affected areas. You should use as many fans as you can safely use as doing so will decrease the amount of time the water is in your home which, in turn, leads to less damage in the long run.
A dehumidifier is a helpful tool for speeding up the water removal process after a flood. However, you won’t have much success with small dehumidifiers. For this to be effective you will want a dehumidifier with a large water tray so you don’t have to be constantly emptying out the water tray. If you have this, it will be very helpful in removing moisture more quickly.