A flood can be devastating to your home, but the damage can be even worse if you don’t clean up properly after water has invaded your home. Here is a primer on how to deal with a flood and its aftermath.
Determine extent of damage
How bad the flood was is likely to determine your course of action. For example, if you just got a little bit of water in your basement or bathroom, you might be able to clean things up yourself and salvage carpets and furniture by drying them out quickly. However, if an area of your home was submerged by floodwater that didn’t recede for hours, you likely will need professional cleanup and restoration and will have to dispose of carpet, furniture and bedding. Where the water came from also has an effect.
If your flood damage was from a burst pipe or overflowing washing machine that sent clean water coursing through your home, it is less of an issue than if outside water or a sewer backup caused the damage.
Cleanup and restoration
The first things you need to do are dispose of items that have been contaminated and are not salvageable, such as carpet and furniture. Cleanup should involve a wet-dry vac, and you also want to run fans to dry out the affected areas. If the room has been submerged in water for a period of time, you also likely will have to remove drywall to prevent mold growth. If you have serious water damage, it is best to call in a professional to do your cleanup and restoration, because they have the right equipment and knowledge to do the job right. Water damage cleanup that is not done properly can lead to mold growth later on that can damage your home and lead to health problems for you and your family.
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