Flood Damage – Getting Rid Of The Flood Water
If your home becomes flooded as a result of some natural disaster or some faulty water draining/carrying appliances in the home, you will need to do some clean up and make your home livable again as soon as possible, since the flooding could cause a lot of water damage to your building and its structure, if left for more than twenty four hours. You can also minimize the risk of exposing yourself to some contaminants too, with some quick clean up.
Before you start with your clean up and/or water removal tasks or activities however, you should ideally get some rubber boots to wear, and take some pictures or videos of the damages to your home if you can. You will need to get some gloves, glasses and a face mask to protect yourself from some water splashes and reduce or minimize all forms of contaminations too, you will need to protect your eyes, mouth, hands and face at a minimum.
You should also get for yourself some battery-powered lights that will not spark, or cause any form of fire outbreak, in case there is some gas leak somewhere, during your cleanup. You will need to report the flood damage/incident to your insurance company.
You should contact your electric and gas company to check your electrical wiring and gas to ensure that they are safe to turn on after the flooding. To avoid all forms of electrical shocks however you will need to immediately turn off the electricity in your home unless your electrical power source is also wet.
You may need to check your roof, walls and windows for some water damages too. You can remove all the items that may have been damaged by the water from your building and put your items out in the open to dry. You may then mop, vacuum and/or pump the water within your building out. You can disinfect some of the areas in your home with some cleaning solution. You will need to ensure that there are no standing water within your building, and will also need to clear away all forms of debris and mud within too.
You should open your doors and windows to air out your home, so it can dry out much more quickly. If there is a lot of flood damage than you can handle by yourself however, you may need to use the services of a home restoration service for your home