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How to Clean Up After an Appliance Leak

If you have ever experienced the frustration of water damage in your home, then you know how overwhelming and stressful the situation can be. In the average household, there are many water-based appliances. Take a good look around your kitchen, for instance. You likely have a refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and a few small appliances that use water as well. In the laundry room, utility room, or even the garage, there’s a washing machine and perhaps water heater. All throughout the house, water-based appliances generally make our lives easier. Unfortunately, at times these appliances are also prone to malfunctions. When an appliance leaks when no one is home, it might take quite some time before anyone notices! Make a habit of inspecting your appliances to avoid extensive water damage. In the meantime, here is how to clean up the mess.

Cleaning Up Water Damage

If your home has suffered from water damage – minor or major – then you want to either schedule water damage restoration services promptly, or begin mitigating the damage yourself. Or, while awaiting your emergency restoration services, you can handle a few simple tasks yourself without causing any damage or making the situation worse. For instance:

  • Shut Off the Water – If the water damage stems from a broken appliance, turn off the water from the main valve. First, locate the main valve. It’s helpful to determine its location before you ever have an issue.
  • Shut Off Utilities – If the appliance is causing major flooding in your home, turn off both electricity and gas to the house.
  • Airing Out – Whenever possible, open multiple windows and turn on fans within the affected room. Proper air circulation helps the drying process, and will reduce the smell that stems from water damage.
  • Reduce Humidity – Do you own a dehumidifier? Well, now’s the time to bring it out and remove as much moisture as possible from the affected area.
  • Drywall – If your home has drywall, and the damage is not too extensive, then running fans can help it dry out. If the drywall has absorbed too much water, it will be best to replace the drywall altogether.

Types of Water Damage

Many homeowners do not understand that there are different types of water damage. Each one is worse than the last. For example, you may be dealing with:

  • Clean Water – Clean water stems from a burst water pipe, or rainwater through a leak in the roof. Clean water is definitely the easiest to clean up, and the most significant concern that experts have will be possible mold and fungus growing.
  • Gray Water – Gray water is slightly contaminated, and stems from an overflowing toilet (clean), a washing machine, or even a fish tank. In layman’s terms, gray water is slightly used. If left untreated, gray water may become hazardous due to the microbes and contaminants within.
  • Black Water – Black water is the worst type of water damage homeowners may endure. Black water stems from natural disasters such as flooding events, or a sewage or septic system backup.

If your home has noticeable water damage stemming from a water-based appliance, contact Restoration 1 of Tulsa for exceptional cleanup services. Call (918) 844-4900 today.

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