Water Damage Restoration Guide On Water Removal & Flood Recovery
It’s a fact that major flooding requires professional cleanup with professional equipment. If you have only a little standing water in your basement it is better to do the job yourself than waiting for a professional to come. This is how to safely drain flood water from basements before it causes more damage.
- When you descend to the basement, the first thing you need to do is locate the source of flood water.
- Eliminate the source of water entering the area if possible. To stop water from entering the area, turn off the water main outside of the building if you find a pipe that is broken.
- You should assess the extent of the damage and determine your limits. You should protect yourself with the proper safety clothing, eyewear, and breathing apparatus. A vacuum equipped with a squeegee may be sufficient to clean up standing water. You may need a larger vacuum for larger jobs. For extreme situations, we recommend one of our flood restoration extractors, or an auto discharge wet vacuum.
- We recommend that you don’t attempt to manage a major flood restoration job on your own unless you have the necessary training in flood and water restoration.Once the water has dried, you can begin to assess what repairs are needed to restore the room to its normal state.
- The sun’s power can be harnessed. Allow the sun to dry as many items as you can. To allow moisture to escape, open windows and doors and let fresh, dry air in.
- Run a dehumidifier. You can use a commercially-rated portable dehumidifier to speed up drying in high humidity areas or where there is a lot of water.
- Many people use as many fans to dry their house as possible. Place fans so that they point towards windows and doors to draw moisture outside. Ceiling fans can be run simultaneously to help with drying. Professionals should be consulted when drying out a space after water intrusion. Water might still exist in areas not visible to the naked eye.
- Interior contents and finishes are likely to be damaged by long-term flooding. However, it is possible to make repairs if the flooding is not severe and the cleanup is done quickly. Do not make permanent repairs until the building has dried completely. This could take several weeks.
Is cleaning up the flood yourself safe?
It is difficult to clean up after a flood. But, time, supplies, and rental of machinery can quickly increase in cost. Professional contractors may be required to complete the work in order to receive flood and home insurance reimbursements. You can seek expert assistance for flood cleanup, or just a second pair to ensure your safety.
When is the best time to clean up after a flood?
Use a shovel to remove mud and silt, and then use a garden hose to clean hard surfaces. To prevent mold growth, clean up should be started as soon as the water has receded. To speed dry, dehumidifiers or fans can be used throughout your home once power has been restored. This could take several weeks. In the following weeks, aggressively control mold.
How do you clean up mold from a flood?
It is tempting to ignore hidden areas, but these are the perfect places for mold growth. Mold can be very dangerous and difficult to eradicate. Some types of mold can cause severe illness and toxic spores. Find hidden moisture areas and dry them. These surfaces can be treated with bleach to kill mold and get rid of it. Untreated moisture creates a favorable environment for mold growth. It is best to call a professional mold remediation and removal company when dealing with mold. It is not a good idea to try to remove mold by yourself.
The dangers of trapped moisture
Floodwater damage is often obvious and homeowners are motivated to repair and clean up after it. Sometimes, however, homeowners forget to pay attention to less obvious areas where damage has occurred. Water or moisture in hidden places creates great risks.
Rotted supports and posts can result from moisture or water getting stuck between walls. This directly affects the wall’s ability to support the roof and house.
Some types of mold can produce toxic spores, which can cause serious illness. Find hidden moisture areas and dry them. These surfaces can be treated with bleach to kill mold and get rid of it. Untreated moisture creates a favorable environment for mold growth. It is best to call a professional mold remediation and removal company when dealing with mold. It is not a good idea to try to remove mold by yourself.
Reclaim your home after flood remediation
It can seem overwhelming to try to rebuild your home after the flood waters recede. But if you take the right steps, and work hard, it is possible.
To prevent mold, odor and structural decay, open flooded walls even if they seem undamaged.
You should purify your water until your local utility, water company, or public health department declares it safe.
Flood waters are not safe for drinking. Therefore, it is important to remove all porous materials from buildings and replace them with newer materials.
You should contact a professional contractor if you have damaged areas. This may be required by homeowner’s insurance. To verify if there is a list of approved flood cleanup professionals, it’s best to first contact them. You could end up invalidating certain sections of your insurance policy if you attempt to do the job yourself. Ask before you make a decision.
Let's summarize the flood water removal steps
- You must ensure that it is safe
- Get the water out
- Assess the damage
- Material Damaged Removal
- Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorizing
- For repairs, contact professionals
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