Floods may come from different sources. There is an act of God, where torrential rains or hurricanes can bring a tremendous amount of water. Or it could be something as mundane as a leaking water pipe.
The source notwithstanding , flood cleanup is essential as flood waters cause devastating damages to home and property. For this reason, it is equally important to learn the ways of flood cleanup and the quickest possible way to do it.
AAA Restoration compiled some tips to handle flood cleanup, but it’s always a good idea to seek professional help to minimize damage further.
Here are some of them:
- Remove all mud that came with floodwater. This is a vector of infection and toxic substances. Wear rubber boots and gloves during mud removal, and use a water jet spray to wash off whatever remains to leave the floors and basement clean.
- Next is to scrub all floors, walls, kitchen counters and cabinets and any other possible surface that came in contact with contaminated water. Use a mixture of 2 tablespoons of bleaching powder containing chlorine in 1 gallon of hot water.
- Once the cleaned surfaces are dry, remove all clothing, furniture, rugs and curtains. Dry them outside, preferably under direct sunlight; the ultraviolet rays from the sun kills germs.
- Discard anything water-damaged beyond repair, or replace them. Consider a dehumidifier to eliminate moisture from the affected area, particularly indoors. In case you have no such device, make do with large fans to circulate stagnant air trapped within the house. Employ a powerful vacuum cleaner to suck up any mildew or mold.
- Any paneling, wallboard or plaster that floodwater affected also need replacement. Check any dampened insulation as this is usually the breeding ground for mold. You can also pull up linoleum flooring to allow the flooring below it to dry.
In sum, tackling flood damage needs assessment first, then urgent action. Inspect your house for damaged pipes or leaks, which may come from a roof or a burst faucet in the basement. Call a professional immediately if you feel overwhelmed with the task.