Water Damaged Homes
Water damage in your home is a serious problem. Whether you are dealing with basement flood cleanup, toilet overflow, or water removal from a pipe burst, acting quickly is the best way to prevent extensive damage.
The first step is to locate the source of the water leak. Fix this immediately if you are able; otherwise, you can try to plug the spot temporarily. Then concentrate on water removal in the affected area. I think a wet/dry vacuum is extremely helpful, and you can set up fans and dehumidifiers to assist the drying process.
Thorough cleanup of water damage will greatly reduce your risk of developing mold-related respiratory problems. Assume that mold is beginning to grow in any area that has been wet for more than two days. In unfinished spaces, a simple bleach and water solution is sufficient. In finished parts of your home, however, drywall may need to be torn out and replaced, and new carpet will likely be required.
It is also a good idea to contact a water damage restoration specialist in your area. They often provide same day service, and some even offer consultations free of charge. I think this gives you peace of mind that the water cleanup was successful, and that your home is safe from further damage.