Your garden is finally winterized, the old plants are pulled, and the dirt has been turned. As the October afternoon slowly turns to a beautiful evening, you head into the basement to rinse your dirt-caked clothes before putting them into the wash. But, as you step off the final step, your foot lands in ankle deep water! A quick scan shows the source is a busted pipe and not a sewage backup. You’ll take a small victory where you can, but Instead of spending the evening relaxing, it looks like you’ll be extracting water and dealing with water damage.
Stop the flow of the water. Stopping the water is the first step or you’ll find yourself facing a losing battle. The easiest way to stop the water is to shut it off at the source. This could be the main shutoff for the house or a shutoff valve on the pipe prior to the break. If neither of these options are available you can pinch off the end or cap the pipe. Using the shutoff valves are the most effective as all the water will be shut off and you don’t have to worry about the cap or pinched part of the pipe breaking again.
Size of the room does matter. The size of the room and furnishings of the room will play a big part in the water extraction process. The bigger the room the more tools you’ll need to ensure all of the water has been removed from the space. This could include using a wet/dry vacuum, a pump, and/or fans to get the water removed and the room dried. If the basement is unfinished and mostly concrete you may not need as many tools than if the basement is finished and full of porous materials. Water will permeate most everything, so if it can be absorbed into a couch, wall, or carpeting, it will. Any water left behind can lead to mold and mildew growth and cause health problems.
Call the professionals if the work is too much. Calling a professional water damage restoration service can help ensure that the space is properly restored and give you and your family peace of mind. ServiceMaster of Bel Air serves the residents of Harford County, MD for all their water damage restoration needs. The technicians at ServiceMaster of Bel Air are trained in all the latest tools and techniques to ensure there isn’t any water left behind when they leave.
Give ServiceMaster of Bel Air a call at (800) 570-4206 to make sure your Harford County, MD water damage restoration services are done right.