As a mobile home owner, it is very important for you to take immediate steps if your hot water heater's tank fails and leaks water in your living space. If you do not quickly remove the water, then it will cause secondary damage to:

  • drywall

  • baseboards

  • flooring

  • electrical

In addition, water that is not removed can become a source of unhealthy mold and mildew growth that can make your family ill.

Note: Before you start to clean up the water, ensure that both the power and water to the water heater are turned off. Turn off the power at the electrical panel, and turn off the water either via the inlet on the top of the water heater's tank or at the entry point to your home.

Use Your Wet-Dry Shop Vacuum to Remove the Water

The best tool that you can use to remove a large amount of water from your mobile home's floors is a wet-dry shop vacuum. After dumping out any dust in the collection chamber, use your shop vacuum to vacuum up as much of the water on the floor as possible.

You must work fast and in a very methodical way to get all of the water removed so it does not spread and wick up into the surrounding baseboards and drywall. Start at the outside edges of the spill and work your way inward to keep your home's walls safe from the water.

Open Windows and Doors, Turn on Fans and Dehumidifiers

After removing the water with your shop vacuum, then you need to open all your mobile home's doors and windows. This action will allow the humidity to escape outside where it cannot damage your home or promote the growth of mold and mildew.

You should turn on any fans that you own and run a dehumidifier if at all possible. Both will help to remove the excess moisture in a more expedient way.

Remove Carpet and Its Padding

Finally, if the room that was soaked has carpet, then you need to pull it up from a wall and investigate whether or not the underlying pad was also soaked with water. If the padding is wet, then you must remove the carpet and the pad to prevent mold growth and foul odors.

Pull the carpeting up at one of its edges along a wall to pull it off of the tack strip that is used to attach it to the sub-flooring. Roll the carpet as you work and when you get back into an area with dry carpet and pad, then cut both the wet padding and carpet and remove it from your home.

To learn more, contact a water restoration company like EccoPros Disaster Restoration LLC