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Vancouver’s Rainy Season: Protecting You and Your Home

The mornings are getting darker, the clouds are rolling in, and the rain is starting to pour down. All of this can mean only one thing—Vancouver’s rainy season is officially here!

Running for shelter, struggling with an umbrella that refuses to open (or close for that matter), or stepping in a puddle on the way to work are minor inconveniences most of us have had to deal with during this wet time of year. But for some, excess water from flooding, faulty household appliances, or plumbing accidents can be devastating, causing serious damage to your home and your possessions.

If you act quickly, however, you can hopefully reduce the amount of damage to your home and possibly save some of your belongings. Here are some suggestions that should help deal with excess water issues.

Safety first

To avoid being electrocuted—and a potential trip to the hospital—the first thing you will need to do is shut off the power and unplug all your electronics. Once you have done this, remove all your electrical items along with any moveable pieces of furniture. Additionally, you will want to pull up your carpets and take out any rugs you have. You may still be able to salvage your carpets once they have been thoroughly cleaned and dried. However, it is doubtful that the under padding can be restored.

General clean up

After you have removed what you can, you will want to get rid of the water. In order to minimize the possibility of mold growth, it is important to dry up as much of the water as possible. If you do not have any power, you will have to manually soak up the water using towels, buckets, and mops. If you have power and plan to use a wet/dry vacuum, make sure it is plugged in far enough away from the water to avoid getting shocked. Once you have gotten rid of all the water, your next step will be to dry out any affected areas. If the weather permits, open your windows to help circulate the air. Also, using fans and a dehumidifier should help remove any additional moisture.

Responsible junk removal

There is little doubt that you may be overwhelmed and overloaded trying to get things back to normal. During this hectic time, the prospect of throwing all your damaged items in the dumpster and forgetting about them altogether may seem tempting. Although, this might save you some time, it is not an environmentally responsible solution. A far more eco-friendly option would be to contact a professional junk removal company. They will ensure your damage and unwanted items are recycled, donated, and disposed of properly, keeping as much trash out of the landfills as possible.

When it comes to water damage, acting as quickly as possible is your first line of defense, saving you time, money, and headaches down the road.

For more information on all our professional junk removal services, please contact us by calling 604-872-7448 or by e-mailing us at info@604-trash-it.com.

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