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Drying Tips After a Plumbing Issue

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Burst pipe with water A burst pipe in Edmond, OK

Water Damage Tips

If your business in Edmond, OK, experiences a severe plumbing issue such as a pipe burst or supply line leakage, it's important to act quickly to mitigate damage. Besides calling in a water damage restoration company and removing any excess water, there are other mitigation procedures you should follow, such as drying out the building and materials.
Follow these water damage tips to begin the restoration process for your building.

Circulating Air
Air circulation is one of the quickest and easiest ways to start the drying process. You can circulate air by:

  • Opening doors and windows
  • Using fans
  • Utilizing high-speed air movers

Air circulation will accelerate the drying process by speeding up moisture evaporation. Although it is not the most effective way to spot-dry, it will begin the drying process for ceilings, walls, rugs and furniture.
Be sure to use this and other cleaning tips as soon as possible, as delaying the drying process can promote mold and bacteria growth, which may cause problems later on.

Another essential water damage tip is to dehumidify the area. A dehumidifier is used to remove humidity and moisture from an enclosed area. You can use a store-bought dehumidifier or rent one from an equipment rental company, depending on the size of the area. It is especially helpful for rooms with limited outside access, such as basements.
Be sure to follow the instructions for a dehumidifier, such as shutting windows and doors and changing the water if it doesn't self-drain.

Using a Shop Vac
A shop vac is essentially a wet-dry vacuum. It can be used for smaller areas that have excess moisture or water, such as carpets and floorings. A professional repair company may bring their own commercial shop vacs, but you can also rent them.
Use these water damage tips to begin the drying process after a major plumbing issue or flood in your business.

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