One of the worst things to come home from a summer vacation is water damage. Standing water in your home can cause serious problems, not to mention facilitate some pretty pungent smells. A common question we get asked here at White Knight is. “How do I remove standing water from my home?” While we wish the answer was short and sweet, there is a lot that goes in water damage cleanup involving standing water.
The first thing you need to do is obvious – remove the water. If the puddle of water is shallow and confined to a small area, you might be able to soak it up with a towel. However, for larger-scale issues you need to use a pump to remove any standing water. A wet/dry vacuum may be able to handle smaller cases, but must be emptied frequently to prevent the water from leaking back out into the area. Cleaning up standing water doesn’t just end there though.
Once the standing water has been removed, you need to be sure that materials exposed to the water are completely dried out. Porous materials will have absorbed some of the water they were exposed to, which means that anything and everything that was in the affected area could now facilitate mold growth. Badly damaged materials should be removed, while thorough drying and dehumidification of everything else needs to begin as soon as possible. Again, depending on how much water was present, box fans may suffice in achieving thorough drying, but in most water damage cleanup cases, you will want to utilize commercial-grade air movers along with dehumidifiers to ensure that all the moisture is removed from all the materials in the area. While there are options to rent professional-grade equipment, it is very important to know how to properly use and regulate them in order to get optimal results.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to standing water in your home is that time is not on your side. Water damages compounds very quickly, and standing water is not only a threat to your home and belongings, but can also become a threat to your health. Mold and other microbial growth will thrive in damp indoor environments, and other bacteria and insects will gravitate towards the moisture. Also, water and electricity are a deadly combination so if there is power to the area that has standing water, there is always a risk of electrical shock and even electrocution. Please take every safety precaution possible when responding to water damage from standing water in your Waukesha home. In fact, the best thing you can do to not only get the best water damage cleanup but also keep you and your loved ones safe from harm is to call the water damage cleanup professionals at White Knight. We know how to safely respond to standing water in your home, and we have all the equipment, tools, training, and experience necessary to quickly remove the water, thoroughly dry out the area, and repair or replace any damaged materials. When you need water damage cleanup, no matter the size or scope of the situation, White Knight is here for you.