Handle the Aftermath of a Property Flood

Handle the Aftermath of a Property Flood

21 March 2022
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Standing water that is a result of a flood could weaken materials used to construct your home. The repair and restoration stages that immediately follow a flood should involve a thorough assessment of your residence, the removal of water, and the cleaning of materials that are salvageable. Read on to find out more about flood cleaning.

The Assessment

Standing water is a breeding ground for insects. It also attracts snakes and other creatures that live in moist conditions. Before you begin dealing with the aftermath, have your property professionally inspected. The inspection will determine the depth of the standing water and any severe damage that could compromise the integrity of the materials that you will be walking on.

Sagging floors, slanted staircases, and loose wires could all be dangerous to encounter during the drying and cleaning phases. The water and electrical supplies should both be turned off while cleaning is underway. If the standing water hasn't been in your home for too long and an inspector has stated that your residence is safe to enter, open all of the windows and doors in your residence. This will trigger the drying process to begin.

The Removal of Water

A sump pump or another type of submersible pump that is designed to route water through plumbing or tubing can be used to remove water from the premises. Begin pumping out the lowest level in your home. If the basement or first story (for a home without a basement) contains several feet of standing water, the removal of water should be conducted slowly. When deep water is present within a structure, the atmospheric pressure within the space will differentiate from the pressure rate that was originally present.

Pumping water too quickly could make the pressure amount fluctuate quickly. This could result in damage to the foundation or the first story's building materials. If water appears to be trapped in walls, use a drill to create holes in drywall, plaster, or other wall materials. The holes will allow water to escape.

The Dehumidification Process and Cleaning Steps

Wet insulation, loose floor coverings, and other materials that are susceptible to damage should be disposed of. Any fancy and expensive floor coverings or materials that do not contain water stains on them can be professionally cleaned. Use a dehumidifier in areas that are not completely saturated with water. Set a dehumidifier up on a flat surface that is dry. The dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air. Use bleach and disinfectants to clean nonporous surfaces that were previously exposed to the floodwaters. 

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