Basics Of Safe Flooding Cleanup
With flood problems and risks at their height during the summer months, it is important to know exactly what to do when that problem comes home to roost on your stoop. The cleanup process can be quite time consuming, which means there is ample opportunity for more serious and long-term problems to crop up. This includes mold as well as the rotting and breakdown of structural supports and other vital constructs. For these reasons it becomes necessary to begin the drying and cleanup procedure in short order, allowing you to return to your home or business as soon as possible.
For starters, remember that not all water damage is immediately visible, and flood waters contain bacteria that can have an extremely adverse effect on people and animals. Everything that has been touched by floodwaters should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Any food should be thrown out; always better to be safe than sorry.
As we mentioned, it is important to act quickly to prevent mold and mildew from cropping up. This means rapid and efficient removal of all excess water and a thorough drying of all areas that were affected. Any dirt or debris should be cleaned up as well, taking care to avoid sharp edges as well as any wildlife that may have sought refuge within the walls of your home.
Surfaces can be cleaned using a bleach solution to disinfect. Allow the area to remain saturated by the solution for 3-4 minutes before rinsing and drying. When cleaning contaminated surfaces, look for walls, countertops, and doors, as well as outdoor furniture, patios, decks, and children’s playground equipment. Kitchen items such as glassware and utensils should be disinfected, while wooden or porous items such as chopping blocks or rolling pins should be thrown out. Avoid using scented or color safe bleach.
Refrain from touching your face or eyes when working in flood conditions, but rather use protective eyewear. Also keep any scratches, scrapes, or lacerations covered since bacteria can enter your system through these open wounds. Shower immediately after performing any work in flood waters.
While small spills and minor damage may be cleaned up by homeowners, it is almost always recommended to contact an experienced flood damage cleanup company do the work, since they know exactly what kinds of different problems are posed by flood damage, as well as what to do with it when they encounter it. They will also be able to answer any questions that you may have and present a number of methods for dealing with it.