Floods are not only the most common natural disaster in the United States, but they are also the most costly. The cost of flood damage varies widely depending on the extent of the damage. Flooding can cause dripping ceilings and roofs, and damp walls, leading to decay and mold growth.
Steps to clean up after a flood
Floodwaters are best cleared within 24-48 hours, and several tips can help you address the flood damage and restoration cleanup.
1. Safety first. Since floodwaters contain sewage or other pollutants that can harm your health, it is essential to wear protective clothing, masks, and rubber boots when cleaning up after a flood to avoid direct contact with sewage.
2. Different surfaces may need different cleaners. Therefore, to be ready to clean sterilization tools, such as materials, disinfectants, cleaning products, and tools.
3. Use a bucket or pump to remove the water and vacuum the surface.
4. Dispose of soaked and contaminated items.
5. Remove furniture to facilitate water cleaning.
6. Clean the floor before the walls.
Electrical appliances that have experienced flooding have received varying degrees of damage, and all electrical appliances should be cut off before cleaning. Here are some tips you should look out for:
1. Do not connect the power supply and switch, as flooded appliances have been destroyed and may leak electricity.
2. Never touch electronic devices with wet hands or stand on wet surfaces.
3. Double check your home electrical system before you turn it back on. Look carefully for damage, from the panels to the wires and switches.
4. Do not enter the flood-damaged basement until the electrician has removed the meter from the socket.
5. Have your heating/cooling system tested by a professional HVAC contractor to see if it can still be salvaged.
To eliminate the flood
The traditional method of draining water requires a bucket, a mop, and old towels or rags. In addition, you will need disinfectants and detergents, soaps, and other cleaning products to clean some contaminated surfaces. When you remove all the water, dry it in a vacuum. In addition, after vacuum drying, you will also need to carefully check the corners of the house to make sure that each corner is free of any hidden moisture, water, and dirt.
Dry the affected area
Drying is an essential step in repair to prevent problems caused by moisture. You can take the following steps:
1. Open doors and windows when weather permits to allow air to circulate in your home.
2. Move flooded furniture outside to dry in the sun
3. Rent or purchase a high-power fan or fan, or use a dehumidifier to dry water vapor in indoor air.
4. Purchase a wet/dry shop VAC that can be used even under wet conditions to dry carpets, rugs, curtains, and other fabrics.
5. Place a desiccant in an airtight area to help dry the contents.
Prevent mold growth
Improper repair after flooding can cause mold growth. To prevent mold growth, you can take the following steps:
1. Suppose the weather is good, open doors and Windows. Allow the affected surface to dry effectively.
2. Remove as much porous or absorbent material as possible and make sure your living space is completely dry.
3. When you see signs of mold growth, you can remove it yourself or have it cleaned by a professional immediately.
4. Invest in a dehumidifier and fan to completely dry the room.
5. Check any potential leaks, such as pipes, cracks in walls, and holes in the roof, and repair them promptly.
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