Standing Water Standing in Your Way?
Sometimes after a flood or a pipe burst a home may incur standing water issues. Standing water is water that doesn’t move or flow. The standing water can come from a clean or contaminated sources. Standing water is a problem that you need to address quickly as it could be a health risk to you and your family. Standing water or water that has set for a period of time is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and parasites.
If it is safe to clean here is what you do to get rid of it.
- Remove the water: Use rags or towels to clean up small areas of standing water. Utilize pumps or wet/dry vacuums for larger regions of standing water. If the area is too large for you to handle on your own, call an emergency plumber.
- Dry It: Use rags or towels to clean up small areas of standing water. Utilize pumps or wet/dry vacuums for larger regions of standing water. If the area is too large for you to handle on your own, call an emergency plumber.
- Remove Damages: Water can weaken structural materials such as drywall and woodwork. Carpeting and carpet padding can deteriorate and lead to increased mold growth. Any material damaged beyond repair should be removed as soon as possible.
- Where is it coming from: Find whatever allowed the standing water to accumulate in the first place and fix the problem. If you don’t, it is highly likely the standing water will return.
- CLEAN: Proper cleaning and sanitation of the affected areas will prevent future growth of mold or bacteria as well as remove any odors left behind by the water. Finally, restore the damaged area by replacing drywall, carpet, repainting, etc.
Some of these tips may require that a professional be called to ensure that the right safety measures are taken and the right equipment is used.