April Showers Bring Wet Floors: 5 Tips to Manage Water Damage

April Showers are a welcome sign of spring, but they may cause unwelcome water damage. Here are five tips for dealing with water at your facility.

Remove water. Get water out as soon as possible. A few inches of standing water can usually be removed with a wet/dry vacuum such as the ICE iW90. If your damage is minor, you can use a floor squeegee or towels to wipe the water up, but they should immediately be washed and dried to prevent mold from growing.

Dry it out. Use dehumidifiers and fans to move air around, discouraging the growth of mold and mildew. Keep dehumidifiers at least six to eight inches away from walls for the best air circulation. Clean and wash their filters once every week or so to help the fan operate efficiently. Run your air conditioning constantly. Throw away any wet boxes.

Scrub flooring. Vinyl tile, linoleum and other hard surfaces can be scrubbed with a solution such as RX 44. During this process, wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear and keep the room ventilated.

Examine and clear gutters, downspouts and drains. Put on your rubber gloves and check basement steps and drains. Get rid of any leaves, twigs and mud. Remove the drain screen and give it a good cleaning and, if necessary, use a plunger or plumber’s snake to clear the drain. Muck out gutters and downspouts around the house.

Freeze your assets. If valuable documents or cherished papers have been dampened, you might try quickly putting them in the freezer. This may stop mildew growth and deterioration until you can attend to them later. Resolve not to store anything of value in the basement and to use concrete blocks to keep possessions off the floor. Plastic storage bins are far better than cardboard boxes for basement use.