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Can I Let My Home Dry on Its Own After a Flood?

I have some water damage in my home due to a flood. But there’s only a small amount of water in my basement. Can I let my home dry out on its own after a flood?

Just a few inches of water can do serious harm to your home. If you experience a flooded home, it is best to take immediate action to make sure things dry properly. Effectively drying out a basement and other parts of your home takes time. And drying is only part of the process. Full water extraction is the first stage. Removal of damaged flooring, furniture and drywall comes next followed by drying and dehumidifying. And of course, decontamination and deodorization is also necessary. The sooner you call in an expert to manage the flood drying process, the better you will be able to minimize long term damage to your property.

You can begin the drying process on your own by removing as much water as possible with wet-dry vacuums and pumps. Then dry out the affected area with fans and dehumidifiers to prevent mold and mildew from forming.

However, this is just the first step. Simple drying techniques are often not enough when removing water after a flood. Your carpet, walls and floor coverings are porous which means a basic cleaning will not suffice and extensive water damage restoration is required.

Surface cleaning only removes visible contamination. Microorganisms are often left behind, which can potentially cause health problems and unpleasant odors. All surfaces affected by water damage must be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized in order to properly eliminate mold, bacteria, fungi and other viruses.

Roto-Rooter’s water restoration vehicles are equipped with state-of-the art water extraction, drying and moisture testing equipment. Roto-Rooter’s crews are prepared to handle every part of the water restoration process. Our professionals perform water extraction, remove unsalvageable contents and flooring and drywall, clean the affected areas, apply disinfecting agents, deodorize and thoroughly dry the structure.

Our water restoration professionals are fully trained and certified to clean and deodorize areas affected by excessive water and sewage damage. We utilize an approved process that offers protection against germs, mold, mildew and odors. You can rely on Roto-Rooter to not only remove water but to clean and deodorize your home safely and efficiently.