When you are facing a substantial water leak from a broken pipe or a rusted out water heater, the first choice you must make is whether to attempt to remove the water and repair the damage yourself, or hire a damage restoration contractor. You must then decide on your best option for replacing the defective part.
The volume of standing water, the location within the home, and the extent of water damage will be deciding factors on whether to clean up the mess yourself or hire a professional.
Doing water damage restoration yourself
If you wee able to stop the leak before too much water accumulated, you may be able to remove it yourself. Using a wet-dry vac is a very slow process for removing water, but it can be done. However, water is very heavy, so don't fill the vac to the top. You will soon tire from carrying a heavy vac outside to dump it. Also remember to remove the filter before suing a wet-dry vac to pick up water.
When all standing water is removed, you must remove all carpets and rugs and hang them outside to dry. All boxed items must be removed from their boxes and wet boxes discarded. Wet contents should then be placed outside until dry.
You must then open all windows and doors to ventilate the area. Use fans to circulate the air and portable heaters to heat and dry the air. When everything is dry, you must clean the entire area with disinfectants to reduce the chance of mold and mildew.
Hiring a professional water damage technician
Professionals have the equipment and experience to remove standing water as well as assess and remove the effects of water damage on your home and property. They can also test the humidity level at various intervals of the cleaning process to be certain that moisture is reduced to a point where mold cannot thrive. and treat the area with mold remediation chemicals as an added assurance.
What are your repair options after the damage is removed?
If a supply pipe burst because of corrosion or rust, you should consider replacing it with plastic PVC pipe. You can have the defective section replaced if money is tight, but you should also consider replacing the entire line with PVC pipe. Changes are good that the other sections of pipe in the existing line are also weakened by rust and corrosion.
Traditional water heater tanks will eventually rust out and flood the room in which they are installed. A better option might be a tankless water heater, which heats water on demand. Since it doesn't store water, there is no flooding from a rusted tank and no wasted energy used to keep water hot in a traditional storage tank.
Tankless water heaters are available in gas or electric powered models, and can hang flat on a wall, using much less space than a tank. Best of all, you will have access to unlimited instant hot water, which is worth the price in itself.
To learn more, contact a company like Accutech Restoration.