Flooding in the home is an unexpected thing! There are many causes of flood like heavy rain, sever backflow and burst pipes in the house. After a flood, homeowners get worried about the condition of their house and other things in it.
Water damage is the most serious emergency that your property experience after the flood. Further, it provides an environment for mold and creates poor quality indoor air that may cause high-fever, sneezing, and headache to the people of the building.
Have you recently experienced flood and want your home to be the same as it was before the water damage?
If so, then here are six essential steps that you can take to clear up the water damage after a flood.
Inspection Of The Area:
The flood water restoration process requires complete inspection of home or building to evaluate the damage. Check every house corner, walls, floor, ceiling, furniture and other things to judge the percentage of damage after flood.
Now, maintain a list of damaged items and structure that you observe during inspection. Also, take pictures of the damage to get the benefit from insurance claim.
Turn Off The Utilities:
After the flood, shut off the electricity, water and gas supply to ensure the safety of family members. Switch off all the points of fans, lights, blowers, etc. and do not switch them on before the entire cleaning process of the wet area. Also switch off all the units of gas like a geyser, cooking stove and more. This step will protect you and others from electric shock, electrocution and hose fire.
Remove The Standing Water:
To prevent further damage, remove all the standing water from the house immediately. You can throw out the flood water from building either by the help of buckets or pump. After removing the excess water, use the mob to dry the floor properly.
After dry wet floor of the flooded house, open all the windows and ventilation for circulation of air in the house. Switch on the window as well as blower fans for powerful circulation of air lower to the floor level; this will bring fresh air in the building from outside.
Further, open closet and doors to allow air to dry out the affected area in the building.
Dry The Things And Remove Moisture Sources:
After proper air flow in the house, use dehumidifiers and dryers to dry out the area like walls, curtains, carpets and more of the house.
However, do not use the central heating system for dry the wet things, because that can blow mold, dirt and other contaminants into the living area of the house.
Remove soaked item like carpets, rugs, furniture, and clothes from the house, place them in the sunlight to dry. Also, remove any wet insulation from walls and throw them out of the house to protect yourself against bacterial infection.
Cleaning Of Building:
After flooding mold growth outbreaks in the building and exposure to mold can cause serious health issues. So, it is important to clean the house properly after the flood. Clean the contaminated surface, kitchen, furniture and other floorboards with an antibacterial solution. Also, spray disinfectant in the whole house after the cleaning of the entire building.
Further, wash contaminated clothes, curtains, bedding in hot water that will remove all the dirt and disease-causing bacteria from fabrics.
The flood water restoration steps will protect your hose from further damage and family members from a disease. If you feel that you cannot do the restoration by yourself, then you can call for professional help. Also, you can claim insurance to get the financial benefit from your insurance company.