Last Updated: 08/03/2020
Category 3 Water Damage in El Paso Tx
In the event of a fire in a home, El Paso home insurance exists to help the home owners deal with the tragedy of losing personal property and memorabilia that can never be replaced. When a fire occurs, there is most times water damage along with fire damage due to:
- Efforts of firemen to put out the blaze at the location by using water hoses from the fire truck
- Water pipes that have become busted and broken as a result of being exposed to high temperatures from the fire.
- The damage that results usually falls in the category of El Paso home insurance water damage, and would typically be covered under a home insurance policy.
When home insurance water damage occurs, there is usually a situation where the restoration team will end up cleaning mold. Mold is an almost pre-determined side effect or result of home insurance water damage, whether or not it is related to a fire. So just what constitutes a restoration project for water damage?
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Put big objects a couple of inches away from the interior of exterior walls to improve air circulation. Set up and use extractor fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and wash rooms. Ventilate and insulate the attic and crawlspaces. Use thick plastic to cover earth floors in crawlspaces. Clean and dry water damaged carpets, articles of clothing, bedclothes, and upholstered furniture within twenty-four to forty-eight hours, or think about getting rid of and replacing damaged furnishings. Vacuum and clean your household on a regular basis to remove mold spores. Check out your windows for signs of condensation and water droplets. Wipe it away immediately so that mold cannot start to develop. If you adopt the advice above, you will quickly be able to curb water damage mold in your house, and make it a safer, healthier place to live. You know you have mold whenever you are able to smell the "fusty" odor or see small black or white tinges on your damp bathroom or basement walls. Some mold is concealed behind wall coatings or ceiling tiles. Even dry, dead mold can be bad for your health, so always take precautions when you suspect mold.
For most home owners, water damage is a more likely event than a fire disaster. Remove water as soon as possible with mops, old cloths and towels. Clean water from wood surfaces to avoid warping. Wrap aluminum foil on furniture legs as a barrier between the water and the furniture. Air out the property during winter by opening windows. Remove valuables and store in safe place. Send water damaged personal items to a professional restoration facility. Remove wet area rugs, books and magazines from floor so they do not bleed and stain; spread out books and magazines for even drying. Blot wet carpet with clean white towels. Raise wet draperies off wet carpet. Make holes in wet sagging ceiling to reduce trapped water pressure and collect water in buckets placed under the holes created. Removing water from your home after a flood from a natural disaster, overflowing toilet or burst pipe is extremely important to prevent mold and mildew from developing and spreading. If the damage is severe, call a flood clean up restoration company to remove the water, dry the premises, check for mold damage and repair, rebuild or reconstruct the property.
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A major aspect of water damage restoration is carpet cleaning and decontamination of other forms of flooring after storms and flooding. Some areas of the USA are more susceptible to such conditions than others, but it is important that residents anywhere are aware of the inherent dangers involved with flooding of their homes. In fact, heavy storms can cause back-up of sewage into your home without flooding being involved. Flooding leads to the potential contamination of your home and business premises with human and animal feces and other forms of bacterial contamination. This comes from backed-up drains and sewers, and also from animal droppings. Bacteria multiply rapidly in wet and damp conditions, and it is essential that this pollution is removed and your flooring and furnishings cleaned as soon as possible. Your first act, once the water has been pumped away, is to lift all your contaminated carpets. Hang them on a rope outside and hose then down thoroughly with clean water. If your water service has not yet been restored, there is little you can do until it is.
This is when you should call in a professional that specializes in water damage restoration or carpet cleaning services. In fact, it is wise to call them in immediately, rather than try it yourself. If a carpet is immersed in flood water for 48 hours or more it will be more or less irrecoverable and will likely have to be destroyed. That is because the bacterial infection will be right into the fibers of the pile, and the level of sterilization required would ruin the carpet in any case. Before that you have a chance, as long as the carpet is not foam-backed. Then it would have to be disposed of in any case. A 10% bleach solution can be used to sterilize the carpet, but not if it is made from real wool or nylon. The bleach will discolor these fibers. Do this after hosing it down but before drying it.
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