A flood is a tough event for any family to go through. There are few events that can cause so much damage without the resolution of having someone to blame. Unfortunately, in the midst of this turmoil, it is important to get going on the cleanup as soon as possible. Mold will set in within a few days of your home getting soaked, so it is imperative to start dealing with the problem as soon as you are able.
Consider Safety First
One of the biggest problems with floods is that they can get very dangerous very fast, even when they are contained within your basement. The flood waters pick up anything they come into contact with, including things that are less than good for you. Never go wading into standing flood waters without protecting yourself, and make sure you get thoroughly clean yourself after any possible exposure.
The potential problems don't end there. Electricity and water don't mix, and it is impossible to tell visually whether or not the flood waters knocked out the power. If you can reach the electrical panel safely, shut down everything before going near the water. If not, you will need to contact the power company and have a technician assist you in shutting down power to your house.
Remove Standing Water and Get the Air Moving
The first step in actually cleaning up the damage is to get rid of as much of the standing water as you can. A wet/dry vacuum is your best friend when it comes to emptying out small puddles, but if it would take more than a couple trips to remove all the water, you might want to rent a portable pump. It can work on getting the bulk out of water out, while you vacuum out the small corners.
Even once the standing water is gone, there will be quite a bit of moisture left soaked into the walls, floor, and furniture. The key to getting out all this moisture is warm, dry air. As the water evaporates, the air will get heavy with moisture. Fans can help exchange the "wet" air with dry, and the air movement will assist in coaxing out the moisture. If you can get your hands on a dehumidifier, it will also be of assistance. At the very least, you should open up all the doors and windows.
Remove Anything That Won't Dry Quickly
As mentioned earlier, you only have a short window to dry out your home before mold sets in, and once it gets into your home, it is almost impossible to get it out. In reality, it is almost impossible to get rid of all the moisture from some items in time. Rather than relying on the fans to get all the moisture out, you should remove at risk items before they become a problem. Carpets, furniture, and often drywall all should be removed from the home as soon as possible.
Many of these items will need to be replaced, but it is often possible to save some things, such as wood furniture, although it may need to be reupholstered. Keep a careful eye on these things, and bring them in as you have the opportunity so they do not receive additional damage from sitting outside.
A flood is certainly a traumatic experience, but you can get through it. The sooner you get your home dried out, the less damage it will suffer, and the more of your personal possessions you will be able to save. By working hard and making use of the resources available, you will get through this.
A flood restoration company like Central Flood Management Inc can help you clean up after a flood and protect your home from dangerous mold growth.Share
17 August 2015
When your home is damaged from a flood, fire, or natural disaster, it might feel like you will never recover. However, with the help of professional damage recovery teams, you might be able to make things right again. I have experienced life-changing events like this, and I can tell you that the sooner you start working on repairing your life, the better off you will be. This blog is all about the tools and resources available to you, and what you can do to start working day by day to make things like they once were. I know you can heal from this trial, and my blog is here to help.