Calgary has seen its fair share of odd and destructive weather over these summer months. Basements that have never before had water seep in, have experienced various degrees of flooding and roofs have leaked from the damage done by excessive hail. Exactly what do you do when you find water has infiltrated your finished space? A quick reaction time is crucial to minimize damage, so it is important to be prepared with this knowledge just in case.
Assess Extent of Water Damage and Potential Safety Risk
If you have a large amount of water enter your home, the best course of action is to immediately call a remediation professional. Not only do they have all of the equipment on hand to deal with this disaster, they are thoroughly trained in any safety measures. There is always an electrical risk when water is present near electricity. Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics and remove them along with any furniture and movable items that have been impacted. The faster you get items out of water’s way, the more likely you’ll be able to save them.
If you have experienced only a small amount of water seepage, you can most likely deal with this challenge on your own along with some professional support from rug cleaning companies and professional cleaners.
Determine Water Source
To prevent further damage, try to quickly assess where and why the water is entering your home. It is important to ensure that eaves troughs are not blocked. With the large hailstorms we experienced, downspouts were quickly blocked dumping large amounts of water by foundations.
Dry Out The Area
Use fans and a dehumidifier to help dry out the area. Pull back rugs and underlay to allow air to circulate under them. Depending on the amount of water, you might be able to save the rugs by disinfecting them. If it has stopped raining, open windows to allow for air circulation and faster drying. You want to dry the area out as soon as possible to minimize the risk of mold. If drywall was affected, you’ll probably have to cut away the areas that were touched by water, as the drywall will crumble and the paper backing is a good source of food for mold. If you have baseboard trim, take it up first, if it’s made from pressboard it will likely not be salvageable. However, if it is made from wood, you might be able to save it.
After the area has dried out use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come in with the water. Something to try is Gloves Off Disinfectant, a non-toxic but powerful disinfectant. It is important to disinfect all areas affected by the flood waters. A home remedy that works well as a disinfectant is vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Spray the vinegar first, then spray hydrogen peroxide mist around the flooded area. Tea tree oil also works as a disinfectant, as well as a potent antifungal that helps kill any mold. Use 2 tsps of tea tree oil in two cups of water and spray the area.
Prevent Mold Growth
After you’ve disinfected and let the area thoroughly dry out, apply Concrobium throughout the affected area according to directions. Concrobium is non-toxic, made with distilled water and inorganic salts. You can use it on furniture, walls, floors, basically anything that is susceptible to mold growth. Once a thin layer of Concrobium is applied, let it dry overnight. As Concrobium dries, it forms a thin layer over any mold that may be growing and actually crushes the roots of the spores. Wherever it’s sprayed will prevent any mold from growing, providing continued resistance.
Dispose of damaged items responsibly
You will be tempted to throw everything into a dumpster and send it all away and out of site. But if you can organize damaged goods into piles and take what you can to various recycling centres, you will help alleviate the pressure on Calgary’s landfill site. Check out this recycler directory provided by Green Calgary. This directory will help you find a company that can assist you with knowing what to do with the damage waste from your home.