Aug 28, 2017 With hurricane season in full swing and scenes of widespread devastation of Hurricane Harvey taking over the news, there’s no better time to educate yourself should your home be the next one to flood. Here’s how to salvage (or toss) everything, from flooring and food to furniture and clothes, after the water recedes. 1. Walk around your home. After an evacuation, don’t let your family rush back How to Clean Up After a Flood - Deep Clean Carpeting and Furniture Geneva NE 68361 into the place. Check for issues like loose or fallen power cables, damaged gas lines and cracks in the foundation or in beams. Next assess your roof. Shingles may need repair. If you have tress nearby, carefully check their stability. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 2. Evaluate the indoor scene. Before you tackle clean up, know that severe damage requires a pro. They have heavy-duty equipment to remove water and Geneva NE 68361 the expertise to check for mold. Plus, any issues with walls and floors should be professionally handled. You should be able to manage minor flooding yourself, but don’t bother trying to save any items contaminated by raw sewage, oil or other waste ” they’ll need to be be discarded. Look at the ceiling: If you see water spots, it’s an indication of roofing damage. Most Popular GH Lab tip: If Commercial Flood ... Geneva NE 68361 the power is still out, use a flashlight, not a candle, to see things as open flames can burn items or cause gases to ignite. 3. Start clean-up quickly. To keep mold at bay, it’s important to dry water-logged items (everything from furniture to small knick-knacks) within 48 hours. The longer they remain wet, the more likely mildew stains will appear. Begin by opening windows and using fans and dehumidifiers Geneva NE 68361 to keep air circulating. 4. Salvage and clean carpeting. It’s best to send removable carpets and area rugs out for professional cleaning. Unfortunately, installed carpeting (and the padding underneath) that’s been immersed in water can’t be adequately cleaned and should be thrown away. If only part of your carpeting got wet, use a wet-dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Then, call in professional cleaners, or clean and Geneva NE 68361 rinse the carpet with an extraction cleaner (also known as a steam cleaner, like one of these machines we tested in the Good Housekeeping Institute). Use fans to speed up drying. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be necessary to pull the carpeting up to thoroughly dry the padding and floor. Plus, you may need to replace the padding to prevent mold. After cleaning and drying, spray Geneva NE 68361 with disinfectant spray, like Lysol. 5. Tackle furniture. Take solid wood furniture outdoors, and remove drawers and doors to clean it (swollen parts may need to dry first, if they can’t easily be removed). Thoroughly brush or wash dirty furniture with a well-wrung cloth dipped in a mild soap and water solution. Use a cloth wrung in clear water to rinse. Allow the pieces to dry out of direct sunlight. Geneva NE 68361 Badly damaged furniture may need professional refinishing, but others might just need a new coat of polish. Upholstered furniture should be professionally cleaned, and flood-damaged mattresses should be discarded. 6. Inspect appliances. For things like coffee makers and toasters, look at cords for fraying or exposed wires. For fridges, ranges and washers, call a service company to check the safety of connections and components. Replace anything that appears to be Geneva NE 68361 severely damaged. 7. Open up the fridge. If you’re away from home for more than four hours, toss perishables like meat, dairy and leftovers. It’s OK to save condiments. Freezer contents are safe for about 48 hours, if the freezer is full. If only half-full, you’ve got 24 hours. GH Lab tip: As soon as you hear a storm is coming, be proactive and freeze milk, meat and poultry. 8. Geneva NE 68361 Clean clothing ” twice. For washable fabrics, treat any stains with a prewash spray (we like Shout Advanced Gel) and wash in cool water with a powdered laundry detergent. Powdered detergents work well at removing clay and dirt that floodwater may contain, and cool water keeps stains from setting. After this initial wash, re-launder everything, this time in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabrics with powdered detergent and Geneva NE 68361 either chlorine or all-fabric bleach. Air dry all garments until you are certain any stains are removed. Take non-washable garments to the dry cleaner. 9. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you’re relying on a charcoal grill or camp stove for cooking, don’t even think about firing it up indoors. When used in enclosed spaces these types of grills can produce lethal levels of the gas, which is colorless and Geneva NE 68361 odorless ” but still deadly. Same goes for portable generators. 10. Document the damage. It may be hard emotionally, but if you want to file an insurance claim, make sure you record all the damage with clear pictures and thorough notes. Related Stories
In the aftermath of a flood, residents whose homes have suffered damage are left with the task of flood cleanup, water damage restoration and repair. Flood waters break down the barriers that humans have put in place to prevent contaminants, mud and germs from entering the home.
According to Environmental Protection Secretary, James M. Seif, the aftermath of a flood brings with it the danger of injury and disease. The process of flood Flood Cleanup: Why You Need a Professional to Treat Water Damage Geneva NE 68361 cleanup is a long and arduous one and there are a number of precautions you have to take to assure a safe cleanup. Most people have no clue how to do this in a way that prevents injury, disease and further property damage.
It’s not a good idea to attempt to flood cleanup this yourself because only an will expert understand how it should be done and what safety precautions need to be Geneva NE 68361 followed to restore your home to its former function and appearance. Hidden water damage can cause major damage to the foundation, walls and floors that only a flood cleanup expert will have the requisite experience to fix.
After the waters recede, you’ll need to survey the home and see how much damage has been done. Do not move back into the home until it is restored or you could face health hazards from Water Damage Cleanup - What To Do After The Flood Geneva NE 68361 disease and injury. If you take the right action at the right time, you can contain the damage and even restore many of your belongings to their original status, or something close to it.
After the floods, mud will have to be shoveled out and washed away from surfaces with a hose. Everything that the flood waters touch will have to be disinfected with bleach. Sewage contamination of the home may require special Geneva NE 68361 disinfection and cleaning procedures.
The ceiling, wallboard, plaster, paneling and flooring can become a permanent health hazard after being flooded and may have to be replaced. Wooden floors have to be dried out gradually to prevent further damage. Furniture may have to be discarded or repaired, depending on what it’s made of.
Appliances such as washing machines, dryers and other heavy equipment that was damaged by water will have to be serviced and repaired Geneva NE 68361 to prevent shocks. Choked plumbing may have to be repaired or replaced completely. Insulation will have to be replaced and the electrical, heating or cooling system dried out and replaced where damaged has occurred.
Advanced drying and dehumidification techniques need to be followed including circulation of air to rapidly remove water and moisture from carpets, floors, and walls. It is not possible for a homeowner to do all this themselves, no matter how Geneva NE 68361 much of a DIY-fanatic they are.
Years of experience are required when it comes to assessing and fixing damaged homes. The best way to go about it is to find a reputable flood cleanup contractor, either through a recommendation or an online search. This will help ensure that your contractor is reliable, experienced and has a good record.
You may also have to get the approval of your electric company as well as the Geneva NE 68361 fire department before your home is safe for habitation again. A professional flood cleanup contractor can do all this for you.