Safe Flood Clean Up Tips
Once the rain stops or the water subsides, flood victims can follow a few easy steps to reduce damage to property and limit health risks.
Use caution when entering buildings. Make sure electrical power is off and make sure the structure is sound when inspecting or securing a flooded structure.
Think safety first and protect yourself. Wear the necessary safety equipment, such as eye protection, protective clothing, respirator and be sure the area is well ventilated. Flooding can involve sewer water and black water, use safety gear.
Know what to throw away. Porous items that have absorbed contaminated flood water should be disposed of. In general, drywall, carpet and pad should be disposed of and be cautious of cross contamination.
Flood Clean Up after water damage needs to take place, remember, water can be contaminated with soil, bacteria, insects, animal droppings, fluids from roadway, fertilizers and pesticides from gardens or fields. Use these tips to clean up after a flood:
Clean Thoroughly – Wall cavities and exposed building materials (studs, joists) should be cleaned thoroughly. Often a disinfectant solution should be applied.
Prevent Mold Growth – After a flood, it only takes a few days for mold to appear, it thrives in a moist environment with organic material, such as paper. Air needs to keep moving and the temperature needs to be maintained after flooding.
Dry Out before Reconstruction – To prevent dry rot , odor, and an ongoing structural issue, be sure the moisture content is where it should be. Don’t reconstruct or cover wet building materials after they are water damaged.
Hiring a Professional – A professional water damage company has trained flood damage technicians, specialized cleaners, moisture meters, and the technical knowledge and experience to ensure the flood clean up is done efficiently and effectively.
Flood Clean Up TIPS
- Water damage can originate from many different sources, such as sump pump failure, hot water heater leak, broken pipe, cracked pipe, pipe freeze, washing machine overflow and natural flooding from bad weather. Hire a good plumber to repair.
- Most damage caused by bad weather (floods, snow, rain & ice) is considered flood damage and may not be covered by homeowners insurance.
- You should check with your insurance agent regarding insurance coverage for a flood.
- Certain areas are prone to rising waters, take precautions, and be sure to dry flooded areas as soon as possible..