How to Clean Up Flood Damage


A home that has been inundated with flood water will undergo major flood water damage. Rapid and efficient flood damage clean-up is essential to salvage both your house and your belongings. The first task a homeowner has after a flood is to remove the dirty water as rapidly as possible. The longer the flood water saturates a house the more devastating the resulting flood water damage. The instant it is deemed safe to return to your house, make the removal of water the first priority.  To begin, be sure that the gas and electricity are turned off.  Next, check that the structure of the flood damaged home is sound prior to entering.

 

Clean Up Steps

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Protective wear is essential to prevent exposure to dangerous bacteria and hazardous chemicals sometimes found after a flood damage incident. Don protective gear including boots, gloves, goggles, and a N-95 particulate filtering face piece respirator. This product filters at least 95% of airborne particles but is not resistant to oil. Wear gloves so that you don't touch mold with your bare hands. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and boots or work shoes. Most flood victims immediately contract with a water removal service to take over the flood damage clean-up project. This is advisable because these professionals will use large trucks with oversized hydraulic pumps to pump out the dirty flood water and will use all the necessary protective gear for a safe result.

 

DIY Flood Clean Up

If employing a professional is not an option for you regarding flood damage cleanup, then get a movable sump pump to remove the stagnant water. A sump pump removes groundwater that accumulates around your house and are especially useful in parts of the country that experience heavy rain and flooding. Sump pumps can save you thousands of dollars in flood damage repair while also offering everyday protection from groundwater and accumulated moisture. A sump pump is ideal for draining polluted standing water from flooded basements as a result of a storm. It can move up to 30 gallons a minute, whisking away water to a 1/8-inch to the ground. Many models are fully submersible featuring waterproof power cords and able to lift water up to 25 feet vertically.

 

Help with Flood Clean Up

Once again, be sure that you have appropriate protective clothes, including rubber boots and gloves, waterproof coveralls, protective eye gear, and a good quality ventilator mask before beginning your water damage cleanup. Begin to draw out the water with the sump pump. Be certain not to pump out the water too speedily as this can damage the substructure of your house. Flood water can make the air in your home unhealthy. This is because when things are wet for more than 2 days they generally get moldy. Moreover, there usually are germs and bugs in your home after a flood. Most flood water damage restoration professionals provide portable generators for their equipment which also means a source of power and light for you. These companies deliver rapid water damage restoration including soot clean-up and removal, sewage clean-up, mold clean-up and remediation, odor removal, and basement pump-outs.

 

 

 

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