Experiencing a flood in your home can quickly become devastating, especially if you have belongings engulfed in water and deep areas of water filling various rooms. Whether you have had a local water main break, sewage backup from your own pipes, or a major storm, knowing how to properly clean up water damage is essential to prevent further damage and potential mold growth and exposure.
Assess the Water Damage That Has Been Done
Once the flooding or water damage has ceased, assess the amount of water you have in your home and where most of the damage has occurred. Avoid going into water-filled zones of your property that have running electricity until you have turned off all electric connections. Take photos and videos of damage that your house has sustained for insurance purposes if you currently have a flood policy in place.
Preparing the Water-Damaged Area
Open all doors and windows in the areas where you have water damage in your home, airing the space out and keeping it from becoming potentially dangerous (especially with sewage water or water containing bacteria). A constant flow of oxygen is vital when cleaning in wet and damp conditions.
Consider the furnishings and belongings you need to remove from the area first, creating a list to quickly work through once you begin restoring your rooms. In some cases, it is possible to restore furniture if it has not been exposed to sewage depending on the material and fabric.
It is always imperative to dress appropriately when handling water damage, regardless of the depth of the water in any location throughout your home. Wear waterproof boots or waders to prevent potentially bacteria-ridden water from seeping onto your skin. A face mask along with rubber gloves are also necessary if you believe there is a potential for mold or if you are dealing with water that is dirty or contains sewage of any kind. Avoid touching the water directly as it may be contaminated or spread mold spores into the body and lungs.
Gather Cleaning Supplies
In some cases, a wet vacuum is an ideal tool to remove the majority of any water your home has accumulated. Traditional mops and anti-bacterial sprays along with bleach are also required to completely rid the home from dampness and also avoids creating an environment where mold is capable to grow, fester, and spread.
The Benefits of Hiring a Professional
Hiring a water damage contractor is at times necessary in the event of a major storm or an overwhelming amount of water in any area of your home. A water damage professional understands the risk of floodwater regardless of its source, and comes prepared with proper tools and cleaning equipment to eradicate the issue without causing further damage to the house and surrounding property itself. If you have never dealt with a flood or water damage in the past, working with a professional contractor is often the ideal solution.
Restoring your home to its previous state before a flood or any water damage is possible with quick action and the right resources available to you. Working together with a professional who specializes in water damage is a way to ensure your home is taken care of while preventing permanent damage to the structure and foundation of your property.