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Dealing With Your Belongings Ruined By Water Damage

How to dry tiles or linoleums - Tiles and linoleum often do not easily get affected by damage from water. You can dry these by simply opening the doors and windows of your house. This can help remove excess water. Or, you can also turn on the fan to speed up the drying. In case the water has trickled under the tiles or linoleum floors, it will be advisable to remove these and have the floor completely dry off before returning.

How to dry wooden surfaces - If your house's wooden surfaces are soaked up in water for a long period of time, it will be difficult to salvage them. Therefore, it is advisable that you dry them up as soon as possible. Bear in mind however, that wood should never be dried under the sun as this can distort and further damage your wood panels.

How to dry your rugs and carpet - It is a known fact that rugs and carpet can accumulate a lot of water, thus it is important that you clean them totally to prevent them from premature wear. Make sure that all stains, contaminants, and foul smell are removed from carpets and rugs ravaged by water damage. Completely dry them under the sun. Doing so will also prevent growth of molds.

How to dry your mattress, pillows, and cushions - It is quite easy to dry pillows and cushions which also took a beating from water damage. You can simply wash them using a washing machine and allow them to dry in fresh air or under the sun.
For mattresses, the restoration task is quite tough. If you think that it is impossible to restore your mattresses and that it can be too expensive, best replace them with new ones instead.

How to restore paper documents, photos, and books - In case important documents, books, and photos are slightly wet, you can dry them inside your house. But if it appears that the water damage is too severe, you can bring them to expert restorers.

* Information above was gathered from written by Ramona Weisly.

8 Reasons You Should Call a Water Damage Specialist

1. Mold Problems - If you have a large mold problem, calling a specialist is in your best interest. Leaving a mold problem untreated can result in structural damage to your home and possible thousands in repairs.

2. Mold Detection - If you're not sure if you have a mold problem or not, a water damage specialist can assess the situation for you. After a very rainy season, it's smart to get your house checked for leaks, water damage, and mold regardless of suspicion.

3. Water Removal - If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water but you think you can take care of it yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

4. Drying - After a major leak or flood, it's important to dry out the affected area. If you do not have the enmities to do this, most water damage teams own several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

5. Deodorizing - If a strange smell in your home just won't go away in your home, consider calling a water damage specialist for this as well. Most people don't know they handle strange odors, but they do have anything you're going to need to dispel most bad smells.

6. Restoration - If your home was hit by flood, mildew, mold, or leaks, structural or other damage may have occurred. To guarantee your home looks the same way it used to, call a specialist as they specialize in restoring homes after this particular kind of damage.

7. Sanitation Work - Water damage specialists can also handle septic systems, broken dishwashers, or other plumbing or water utility devices. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber.

8. Assessing Damage - Whatever your water damage woes, a water damage specialist is the right person to tell you exactly how bad they are. Before hiring anyone to do any work, make sure you have a pretty good idea of just what is damaged and what needs to be done.

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