In the event of a flood, your home and its infrastructure may be severely damaged. You need to act fast to begin flood and water damage restoration. Any secondary damage that occurs because you delayed cleanup might not be covered by your insurance. Floodwaters usually carry toxic materials and bacteria that can be harmful to your health.
When It’s Safe to Return
Once you are told it is safe to return, you need to check on your home. Take photos of your home both inside and out for insurance purposes. Photograph whole rooms then individual items, such as large appliances or furniture that have been damaged. You will need to photograph and note any areas of your home that were touched by the floodwaters, including:
- Air ducts
- Heating and cooling system
- Sewage lines
- Hot water heater
- Water pumps
- Power line entry to the house
- Breaker boxes
Cleaning Up the Mess
Recall that there may be toxins traveling with the flow. To handle the whole situation of the flood and water damage restoration, a great deal of effort will be needed.
- Remove all standing water with a pump, broom or wet dry vac.
- All mud needs to be shoveled or pushed out of house using a broom.
- Open all doors and windows and run fans because ventilation will aid in drying out your home.
- Every surface must be rinsed with fresh water and then cleaned and sanitized with hot water and bleach.
- Cabinets, drawers, desks, dressers must all be scrubbed and contents such as china, porcelain, and glass disinfected with bleach.
- Silverware, pots and pans must be boiled for about ten minutes instead of bleaching because bleach can damage the metal and cause dark stains.
- Move wet furniture outdoors to begin to air dry.
Ceilings, walls and carpeting act just like sponges and may need to be removed. If soaked by floodwaters, they can permanently pose health issues between the possible contamination and growth of mold and mildew.
For walls that have absorbed moisture, it is a good idea to cut away the affected areas to allow air to flow between the walls of two rooms, as well as the next level above. The portion that remained dry may still be saved, but only with a lot of air circulation, so mold and mildew will not grow. Insulation must also be checked.
Know When to Call the Professionals
You will be in a whirlwind, with contacting all the family members and ensuring their safety. Taking care of your will require most of your focus and energy. At SafeGuard Restoration Group, we understand your challenges. Most steps of the flood and water damage restoration are better left to a professional to handle.
We will work with you to ensure safety of the structure and inside environment. We handle the tasks for the insurance company and we help protect you. Our employees are professional, empathetic and trained in structural damage and take steps to ensure your safety. We take care of all the problems that arise with cleanup. This allows you to focus on what is important…your family’s safety. Give us a call today, for you and your family.