3 Flood Cleanup Tips For Indoor Home Flooding

flood cleanupA few flood cleanup tips can be helpful if the amount of water released inside your home is limited. Do-it-yourself methods should utilized only if the water involved is clean—i.e., originating from a broken water pipe or fixture—and restricted to only a single room. Before attempting cleanup yourself, ensure the area is safe to work in and free from hazards such as electrical shock or contaminated water. If you have doubts about handling the scope of the work or any safety issues, contact professional water damage recovery services first.

For small indoor flooding, here are three flood cleanup tips:

Begin ASAP. Indoor flooding is a dynamic event that isn’t over just because the source of water is stopped. Water continues to migrate throughout the structure into inaccessible areas, seeping under baseboards and into walls as well as leaking from upper levels down to lower. Also, mold growth triggered by exposure to moisture begins within 24 to 48 hours after an indoor flood. Water must be removed as quickly as possible to stop spreading damage and active mold contamination.

Get the water out. For small-scale flooding in a single room, utilize whatever’s on hand to remove water: Mop and bucket, old towels, sponges, etc. Absorb as much water as you can and remove it from the house. If the affected room is on a ground floor with an exterior door, push water out the door with a floor broom or large squeegee. If a wet/dry vacuum is available, it can also be used to suck up water quickly. However, take precautions about using electrical equipment and/or extension cords in a wet environment.

Start circulating air. Indoor humidity rises substantially whenever there’s a water spill inside the house. This can cause secondary damage to sensitive materials and possessions. Open windows and run fans to move as much air as possible. In addition to drying out hidden residual moisture from the flood, this helps reduce damaging humidity. If weather conditions permit, running the central air conditioner also helps dehumidify the house.


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