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3 Tips For Cleaning Up After A Flood In Your Home

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

flood cleanupCleaning up after a flood probably isn’t a job you’ll want to tackle all by yourself. Comprehensive recovery usually requires the services of water damage professionals. In the immediate aftermath however, there are a few steps you can take to begin damage control ASAP. Before you start, make sure the house is safe to enter. Be aware of electrical hazards in the wet indoor environment as well as potential collapse of saturated walls and ceilings. Unless the source of water is a ruptured indoor supply line, assume floodwater is contaminated and wear protective clothing to avoid direct contact.

Cleanup tips

To initiate the process of cleaning up after a flood here are three tips:

  1. Remove standing water. Where residual water is pooled on hard surface floors, you may be able to push it out an exterior door, if one is nearby. If you don’t have a floor squeegee, a push broom can be useful to direct water outside. Removing standing water as soon as possible isn’t likely to undo damage already done. However, it may limit further spread of water into other areas of the house.
  2. Reduce humidity. Open windows and, if possible, run fans to get air moving. Run the air conditioner if it’s still functional as well. If you have a dehumidifier or can rent one, put it into use as soon as possible. Extremely high indoor humidity is an inevitable side-effect of flooding and a major cause of secondary damage, even in areas of the home that were not affected by the initial flood.
  3. Move out saturated stuff. Get soaked items like mattresses, cushions and throw rugs out of the house without delay. These highly absorbent items will never dry indoors and, if the floodwater came from any source other than a broken pipe, they are permanently contaminated and will have to be discarded, anyway. Most saturated materials also become sources of mold growth within just 48 hours after exposure to water, so getting them outdoors sooner rather than later is helpful.

Beginning To Recover From A Flooded Home

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

flood damageHow do you recover from a flooded home? One step at a time. At this point, the task before you might seem overwhelming: flooded rooms, soggy possessions and related issues like mold contamination. So, maybe the very first step to is to take a deep breath and collect yourself. Realize that professional water damage experts as well as your homeowner’s insurance agent have seen it all and are experienced to help you successfully recover from a flooded home with proven methods and a predictable time frame.

Now that you’re focused, here are some suggestions to begin the recovery process:

  • Call your insurer. You want to establish your losses and begin the claim process ASAP. If flooding is widespread in your area and many homeowners are filing claims, the sooner you get in line, the better.
  • Contact water damage recovery services. If the damage extends beyond minor pooling water on the floor of a single room, you’ll probably need professional help to recover. Your homeowner’s insurance may well require it and provide recommendations. Because water damage is an active process that continues to develop even after the flooding event is over, rapid intervention with proper techniques and equipment is critical to minimizing damage.
  • Take photos now. Before beginning any clean-up or removing items from the house, document the condition of every room as well as all water-damaged possessions with a digital camera.
  • Start ventilating. Open windows and, if electricity is safely restored, run fans. Flushing the house with outdoor air is important to prevent secondary damage caused by high indoor humidity after a flood.
  • Identify and discard unwanted items. Any contents of the home affected by water that you don’t wish to retain or attempt to restore can be removed from the house without delay. This could include water-saturated bedding, mattresses, pillows, and upholstered furniture. Also food, medicine, cosmetics and other personal items that have been in contact with flood water should be discarded due to contamination hazard.

 

Think You’re Immune From Water Damage? Several Types Can Ruin You

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Think You’re Immune From Water Damage?Because damaging water may originate from any number of sources, not all types of water damage are the same. Water that affects your home or property may have come from a distance in the case of general flooding, or just upstairs from an indoor plumbing leak. The point of origin is a major determinant of health hazards involved, as well as the plan and techniques necessary to remediate the damage and restore your home to normal.   (more…)