Water damage can happen really quickly. There are a lot of things that could cause that damage, including sewer backups, broken water pipes, and floods. If you have been through any of these things, you want to make sure you get it cleaned up as soon as possible because that will help to prevent more damage. If you have a sewage backup, you need to make sure that you handle it correctly, including wearing protective gear, since you don't want to touch raw sewage.
Get Rid of the Water
The first thing that you need to do is get rid of the water. There are various ways that you can do this, depending on how much water you have. One thing that you can do is rent a pump if you have several inches of standing water in your house. You will need to have a dry area outside so that you can pump the water out. The pump works by using a large hose that you can toss in the water and have an outlet port on the pump. When you turn it on, it will suck up the water and shoot it out of your house. If you don't have that much water, you can use a wet/dry vac and suck the water up. When the tank is full, take it outside and dump it. When you are using any electrical equipment around the water, make sure that you are being safe. If you have a lot of water in your house, you should turn off the electricity in your house and use a generator to power these tools.
Pull Out Soft Furnishings
You want to pull out all your soft furnishings as quickly as possible too. That includes rugs, carpets, couches, and draperies. When you pull those things out of your house, then you are able to set them aside to get cleaned or dry. Pulling things like carpeting out will also get rid of a lot of water and give you access to any water under the carpeting and padding. The carpeting is probably ruined anyway, so pulling it out will also give you a headstart on restoration.
If you are trying to deal with water in your house, there are things that you can do, but one of the easiest things is going to do is to call a company that handles water damage and restoration. They are already going to have all the equipment necessary to take care of the flood.