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DIY Water Damage Cleanup
Not all water damage and flooding problems require the help of a water restoration specialist, so it’s good to know some basic cleanup procedures. It’s important to clean up any water damage or flooding issues right away to avoid any mold problems, rotting wood, or basic deterioration of whatever surface water has come into contact with.
If you’re dealing with floodwaters, make sure to clean and disinfect anything that the floodwaters touch. Floodwaters contain dangerous parasites, bacteria, and fungi that can be harmful to your health. If you’re not able to thoroughly disinfect the item – or aren’t sure that it’s completely clean, have it professionally cleaned or throw it out.
All wet areas should be completely dried with dehumidifiers or large fans. Open windows and allow air to circulate throughout your home. Remove waterlogged items from your home to allow them to air dry outdoors if possible. You can then decide what should be cleaned or what should be pitched.
Clean all surfaces using a solution of bleach and hot water. Excess dirt needs to be removed as it can also contain bacteria, parasites, etc. Be wary of any debris that may have been carried in due to flooding. Porous materials that are used in the kitchen should be thrown out. Soak non-porous items in your bleach/hot water solution for several minutes and be sure to rinse thoroughly.
Make sure to wear protective gear when cleaning up floodwater damage. Use a mask, protective eyewear, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and gloves. After you have finished cleaning the area, clean yourself. You’ll appreciate a long, hot shower at that point anyway.
Remember that help is just a phone call away if floodwater damage is too much for you to handle on your own.