Get Your Head Straight. How to Clear a Flooded Home.
When dealing with a flooded home you need a plan of attack. This is important to figuring out what problems you need to deal with and how to approach them. Use the time you have efficiently and remember that the faster you clean up, the less damage you have to deal with. In addition, the less time that mold and mildew have a chance to grow, the better. You can always refer to a professional water restoration company for estimates and advice in addition to simply hiring them to do the job for you. Floodwater can cause damage beyond getting everything wet. Waters can often contain a large quantity of mud and many toxins from polluted sources or sewage. Your most valuable possessions can be instantly ruined, along with electronics and the structural integrity of your home, along with its general utilities.
Among the first items to take care of is contacting your insurance agent. You often require a separate addition to your general homeowner’s policy to cover flood damage, but hopefully the insurance can provide some assistance. Make sure you attempt to list the damage thoroughly and take photos or videotaped evidence as proof, along with general records and receipts of any money you spend in the rebuilding and restoration process. This helps you deal with insurance claims, income tax deductions, and any applications for assistance that you might have to file.
If you choose to attempt to clean your home without the assistance of a restoration company, be prepared for a long and exhausting process – it is time consuming and difficult to properly decontaminate and clean your home. Water damage not only carries its own problems, but it leads to massive mold growth and mildew infestations thanks to the contaminated nature of most floodwaters.
The general concept you are aiming for is to clean out all of the mud, muck, and debris in your home. Shovel it, sweep it, and generally remove it. Use a hose to get rid of crusted areas if you think the area is water-safe. Eventually, you need to air out and dehumidify the area entirely. You will also be attempting to disinfect most surfaces. There are solutions that you can buy to help with this – you want to kill the germs completely. In the course of these two actions there are several things you may have to do on a room-by-room basis. Determine whether the carpet is salvageable. If it is, you may still have to take it up and dry it out in addition to thoroughly cleaning it. Also check the drywall – the level of water in your home usually creates an area that mold grows in very rapidly. When working within your home, make sure to use air filtering masks and other safeguards to protect your breathing. Mold is a very dangerous aspect to water damage because of the thousands of species of mold that could be growing in your home after a flood. In general, check fabrics, rugs, bedding, and curtains when you are looking at carpets. Any materials that can be affected by water – wood, fabrics, drywall, etc. – all need to be carefully checked over and even metals and tiles will need to be properly cleaned before your home can be safe for habitation. All appliances that have been submerged will need to cleaned as well. The electrical system and the other utilities will also need to be properly inspected throughout the house. Everything is a possible source of mold after water damage.
These are only general tips of where to look and what to do when you are having trouble with water damage or flooding. If you have water damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!