Well, it’s that time of year again. The air is cooling, soon the leaves will be falling, and water is a ’comin! It’s been so long since we’ve had to worry about the dangers of flooding, but here we are again. Because it’s been so long, it’s probably a good idea to go over the dangers and what to do in case a flood does occur.
Realistically flooding can occur at any time throughout the year. Spring and fall tend to be the most common. In the spring heavy rains encourage new growth and in the fall, you just never know what the weather will be! When flooding does strike there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Make sure you’re putting time into the equation. The longer the water sits, the more likely you are to experience mold damage. Don’t forget – floodwater isn’t always the cleanest water. Water from an unknown source can be dangerous to your health as it has the potential to carry harmful bacteria and parasites. It may also carry misplaced animals, including disease carrying rodents!
Calling your local water restoration company is always going to be the best thing you can do during the aftermath of a flood. But, if you prefer, you can tackle the work by yourself. Water and electricity are a very dangerous mix. So, start by shutting off the power in the area, then remove all of the water. Water removal can be accomplished with mops, buckets, towels, or, the quickest option, water pumps. Don’t own one? Don’t worry, you can rent or buy one from a hardware store in your area. If flooding is a common occurrence in your home, consider getting a sump pump installed. Puddles may still remain in the home even after the pumps have done their job. This remaining mess can be cleaned with wet/dry vacs.
After the water has been drained, you’ll notice that there are still damp spots. This is when ventilation and air circulation come in handy. First remove all damaged materials from the area. They’ve already been exposed to the water, leaving them in the basement is only encouraging mold growth. Dehumidifiers and fans will be extremely helpful during this process. Leave them on all day and all night. Make sure to leave doors, windows, cupboards, and closets open, too, to encourage air circulation. Believe it or not, this speeds up the process of drying out your home.
Flooding is a big job. Not all of us can or want to deal with the stress that comes with water damage cleanup. Luckily, our local water restoration company will always be there when the time comes. Give them a call today for your free estimate or any concerns you may have!