Flood Damage Clean Up


Flood DamageCleaning up after a flood is an appalling job—but some ways to clean up flood damage are not as difficult as others. A home that has been swamped with flooding will undergo major water damage. The first concern of proper flood damage clean up after a homeowner has experienced this devastation is to remove the soiled water from the house as promptly as you can. While this water soon drains out again, it leaves a deposit of silt and sludge that is decidedly unsanitary. During flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

 

How to Clean Up Flood Damage

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Don’t be discouraged by the odor. The wind usually will take care of it if you keep the house wide open. If a door will not open normally, remove the hinge pins and shove it out. If the windows are so swollen that you cannot move them, take out the sashes and lift them out. Flood water damage can make the air in your home unhealthy. This is because when things get wet for more than two days they usually get moldy. There may also be germs and bugs in your home after a flood. If there is a large amount of mold, you may want to hire a water removal service to clean up the mold and germs from the flood water. Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms, which can become airborne and be inhaled. Where floodwater contains sewage or decaying animal carcasses, infectious disease is of concern. Even when flood water damage is due to rainwater, the growth of microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. For these health reasons, and to lessen structural damage, all standing water should be removed as quickly as possible.

 

Flood and Water Damage Help

One of the first steps in flood damage clean up is to carry everything you can out of every flooded room. Then, if you have a source of water and a hose, wash the mud out the way you would wash your driveway. You can make an excellent squeegee by putting a section of rubber hose or a strip of roofing over the teeth of a rake or the edge of a snow shovel. Be patient. The drying out process to clean up flood and water damage could take several weeks, and growth of microorganisms will continue as long as humidity is high. If the house is not dried out properly, a musty odor, signifying growth of microorganisms can remain long after the flood. Fix any leaking pipes and other water problems and then dry things or the mold will grow again. Throw away anything that was wet from flood water and can’t be cleaned. Clean and dry hard surfaces such as showers, tubs, and kitchen countertops. If something is moldy, and can’t be cleaned and dried, throw it away. Use a detergent or use a cleaner that kills germs.

 

Flood Damage Services

Utility companies have to be cautious when they clean up flood damage , especially regarding restoring service after a flood. Do not demand that they endanger your own or other people’s lives. All wiring must be checked. All motors, pumps, washing machines, sewing machines, and other mechanical equipment should be thoroughly checked. Take all wet furniture outdoors as quickly as possible and remove all movable parts such as drawers. Do not try to pry out stuck drawers. Remove the back and push them out. Next, clean the furniture and store it. Leaving it in the sun may cause warping. Books are very difficult to save. Stand them on end with the pages open. As soon as they have dried a bit, stack them to prevent the paper from crumpling. Then stand them on end again. You may save them by such alternate drying and pressing.

 

 

 

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