If a pipe has burst at your home and your carpet, furniture, and even your walls have been compromised, immediate and appropriate remediation is essential to save your property. One important aspect that you should allow for is dehumidification, which can be done in several ways. Common examples include the use of dehumidifiers, wet/dry vacuums, and your air conditioning system. In order to limit the water damage to the area as much as possible, it is a good idea to be aware of the following information.
It is often terrifying to see how much damage water can do to your home in a relatively short period of time, and it is important to consider that repairs could take a considerable amount of time. Although you will need to have access to electricity for much of the dehumidification process, you will need to verify that it will be safe to access electricity in the current situation. It is a good idea to turn off the electricity to the room or house manually, even if the electricity in the room you are working appears to have already lost it.
If the water has saturated any walls, it could have come into contact with wiring. If you are unsure, contact an electrician to prevent any additional problems. Fortunately, you can immediately open doors and windows to encourage the natural evaporation process.
#2-Start Drying The Area Out As Soon As The Water Source Has Been Contained
Assuming that you can safely use electricity in your home, you should use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water from your furniture and carpet as possible. At the same time, your helpers can be setting up the dehumidifiers, which often resemble portable heaters and air conditioners.
If the water damage has spread beyond one room, you should plan for the use of several units. In addition, if a closet, pantry, bathroom or other small room has been impacted, you will find that closing the door allows for faster results. Some dehumidifiers have an attachment that stores the water that is being removed; for best results, plan to remove the accumulated water regularly.
#3-Understand That You May Not Be Able To Save Everything
One of the most challenging parts of recovering from a burst pipe, especially if the water flow continued for some time before being contained, is that much of the work you are doing will not save all your belongings. For example, mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours and therefore, it may not be possible to save your carpet and padding.
Instead, effective and timely dehumidification allows for the removal of the carpet to be simplified. Dry or damp carpet and its padding are bulky and awkward to move, but can be cut into smaller pieces to make transporting it easier. However, wet carpet and its padding are much more challenging to move and to cut, so it is easy to see that drying as much of your carpet as possible is a good step. The same may also be true of your furniture, especially if it is cloth-covered.
In conclusion, dehumidification involves an important series of steps that will play an essential role in protecting your belongings from additional damage and offsetting that which may already have occurred. Therefore, it will be very helpful to consider the knowledge shared above.