After draining all the water and dehumidifying the place, you will then clean and disinfect all the surfaces that got in contact with the water. Using hot water and heavy duty cleaners, scrub the surfaces, then disinfect the surfaces using a quarter cup of chlorine per every gallon of water. Doing water damage restoration in your home by yourself can be backbreaking, and requires a lot of time and attention. But if you are on a fixed budget, you can do it.
Prevention of water damage
In order to prevent water damages, it is important that you know the exact location where the main gas shut and water valves are. To check whether there are leaks, switch off all appliances and do not flush the toilets for about an hour. With no water leaking, inspect such places as laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Check under the sinks in the bathroom to see if there are leaks. Leaks in the bathroom can be identified by discoloration or presence of soft spots. Check the points where the walls and the floor meet. Cracks and molds are also indicators of possible water damage.
In the kitchen, always ensure that the dishwasher and the sink are well connected and are not leaking. Look for warps on the floor or discoloration as these indicate leaks which could result in water damage. Ensure that the hose connection is attached securely to the water supply line if your fridge has an ice maker. Most water leaks usually come form the laundry room. Check and ensure that all water supply pipes are not leaking. Rusted water tanks can leak and result in a lot of damages.
When water damage happens, it can cause a lot of harm within a short duration. Prompt action is therefore important at that very moment when you realize that there is water damage in your house however little it seems.