After flood strikes, there are many dangers connecting with the cleanup process. It is understandable it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s how to save everything, from flooring and food to furniture and clothes, after the water subsides.
Tour around the home
After an evacuation, don’t just let the family rush back into the place. Inspect first for the issue like loose or fallen power cables, damage gas lines and cracks in the foundation. Evaluate the roof. If there is a tree nearby, carefully checkup the stability.
Assess the inside the home
Initially, before you start to clean up, understand that severe damage requires a professional help. They have the heavy-duty equipment to discharge water and the expert to check for mold. If there are any issues with wall and floors should be professionally handled. With minor flooding issue, you can manage, and don’t bother to save any items contaminated by raw sewage, oil or other waste. Check the ceiling if there is a water spot it is possible of roof damage. If the power is still out, do not use a candle instead use flashlight open flames can cause a fire.
Begin to Clean-up Faster
It is important to dry water-logged items within 48 hours. The longer the items remain wet the more likely mildew stains will appear. Start by opening windows and using fans and dehumidifiers to keep the air circulating.
Save and Clean the Carpet
It is better to send all the portable carpets and area rugs out for professional cleaning. Unfortunately, installed carpeting that is immersed in water cannot be sufficiently clean and should be thrown away. If only some part of the carpet Is wet use a vacuum to remove as much as possible. Then professional cleaner can clean it completely. Depending on the degree of the damage, it may be essential to pull the carpeting up to thoroughly dry the padding and floor. Also, it may need to replace the padding to prevent mold. After cleaning and drying, spray with disinfectant spray.
Work on Furniture
Pull out the wood furniture from home and remove drawers and doors to clean it. Thoroughly wash dirty furniture with a well-wrung cloth dipped in a mild soap and water solution. Use cloth wrung in clear water to rinse. Allow the pieces to dry out of direct sunlight. Other bad damage furniture may need a professional refinishing others may only need a new coat of polish. Upholstery furniture needs to be professional clean.
Appliances like coffee makers and toaster, check on the cords for exposed wires. For a refrigerator, ranges, and washers better call a service company to examine the safety of connections and components. Change anything that appears to be severe damage.
Open Up the refrigerator
If you are away from home for more than four hours, throw away all perishable such as meat, dairy, and leftovers. It is ok to save condiments. Freezer contents are safe for about 48 hours if the freezer is full. If half full it is good up to 24 hours. For better, as soon as you hear a storm is coming, be proactive and freeze milk, meat, and poultry.
Clean Cloth twice
For washable fabrics, treat the stains with a prewash spray and wash in cool water with a powder laundry detergent. Power detergent works well at removing clay and dirt that floodwater may contain. After this initial wash rewash, the clothing this time use the hottest water that is safe for the fabrics with powder detergent and either with chlorine for white or for colored fabrics. For non-washable garments to the dry cleaner.
Be careful of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Do not fire up indoor a charcoal grill or camp stove for cooking this types of the grill can produce a lethal level of gas that is colorless and odorless, but deadly.
List all the damages
Emotionally it may be hard to accept, but if you want to file an insurance claim, make sure you record all the damage with clear pictures and thorough notes.