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Get Your Home Back Into Livable Condition After A Flood

by Jurjen Zandvliet

If you have just endured a flood situation in your home, you need to work quickly in removing the water to decrease the amount of damage you may sustain to the structure of the building. In areas where many homes have flooded, water damage restoration services are most likely in high demand, making it important to work on the flooded area on your own until you can have professionals come for an assessment. Here are some instructions for you to use when dealing with flooding inside your home.

Keep Everyone Safe

If power has not been turned off to your home, go to the breaker box and turn it off yourself. Gather as many helpers as you can and have everyone suit up to go into the water. If people have waders, have them wear them. Otherwise, tie garbage bags around each person's legs to help keep contaminated water off of their skin as they walk into the area. Make sure everyone wears plastic gloves, as well.

Remove The Water

Form a line where one person scoops water and passes it to the next person. The last person in line can dump the water outdoors. It is a good idea to have several buckets in use at a time to remove water quickly. 

If someone has a power converter available, have them use it in their vehicle so you can use an extension cord to plug in a water pump to help redirect water. Use a long garden hose to move water to an area lower than your foundation. This will greatly lessen the amount of time needed to remove the water from your home.

Dry Out The Area

Move any furniture or items you believe you can salvage, outdoors or into a dry area. Turn pieces upside-down so that embedded moisture will drip out. Open all windows and doors to aid in drying out the home. When power is restored, use several area fans to dry the area. 

If the flooded area has carpet, steam clean it to remove excess water from within the fibers. Many times a professional service will need to help get carpets cleaned after a flood situation, as the moisture becomes trapped in the carpet padding. This causes mold or mildew to occur. Rip down any saturated pieces of drywall as these harbor mold spores, as well. They will need to be replaced by a contractor if you do not know how to do the repair on your own.

Clean The Area

When everything has dried, it will need to be sanitized to help keep mold spores from growing into harmful black mold. Make a solution of half bleach, half water, and scrub down every single surface that was touched by flood water. Bleach will kill bacteria and help kill mold spores. Rinse thoroughly. Afterwards, follow-up with a commercial-grade mildew remover for extra insurance that mold will not grow within the home.

To learn more about flood clean up, contact a company like CDM Cesspool Services