You come home from a long weekend only to find that your home has flooded. Before you rush in and start cleaning up the mess, you should know the steps to take first. Following these steps will ensure that your home is cleaned properly and that you don't sustain any additional damage. Here's what you need to know to clean up after a flood.
Remove Water from Your Home
The first thing you need to do is remove the water from the main living area of your home. You can do this using wet/dry vacuums and industrial pumps. Move from room to room to ensure that all of the water is removed before you move on to your carpeting.
Take Care of the Carpeting
Your carpeting is going to require special care. Unless your carpeting has been contaminated with solid waste, it won't need to be removed. You will need to replace the padding, however.
Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the excess water from the carpeting. Once you have the water removed, carefully lift the carpeting up along the edges to loosen it from the tack strip and roll it up. Rip out the padding and discard it. Once the padding has been removed, roll the carpeting back out so that it can be thoroughly dried.
Dry Your Home
Now that you have the water and carpeting padding removed from your home, you can bring in the industrial fans and dehumidifiers. The fans will dry out your home, while the dehumidifiers remove excess moisture and prevent mold growth. Allow the fans to run for several days, especially if your drywall is wet.
Take Special Care with Your Basement
You're going to need to treat your basement differently than you treated the main floors in your home. Unlike the main floors where you drained the water as quickly as possible, you'll need to remove the basement water slowly. In fact, you should pump out small amounts of water each day. This will prevent the basement walls from collapsing under the pressure. This is especially true if the flooding was caused by seasonal flooding that has soaked the soil outside your home.
Flooding can destroy your home. It's important that you clean up the damage as soon as possible. Following these steps will help you take remove the water and clean up after a flood. It's important to note that if the water in your home contains solid waste, you should contact a flood damage specialist to help you clean up the damage.Share
5 June 2015
A few years ago when I bought my first home, I had no idea the problems I would encounter. Soon after moving in, I realized that the bathroom was filled with water problems and that the garage door opener ceased to function. After fixing a few leaks and replacing a motor, things started to work a little better. However, I couldn't get over how difficult it was to spot the issues in the first place. On my website, you will learn how to find issues and repair them, so that you don't have to face the same trouble I did.