Cleaning your property after a flood is challenging. You need to work quickly to prevent mold and limit water damage, yet you need to work carefully since your home is considered contaminated due to water flooding in from the outside. The best way to go about property flood cleaning is to get help from professionals who bring in commercial equipment and enough manpower to get the job done properly. Here are a few steps involved in property flood cleaning.
Prepare To Clean The Property
You'll want to wait until authorities say it's safe to go back into your home. Even then, you'll want to make sure your home is safe by turning off gas and electricity until they've been inspected. Call your insurance agent and take photos of the damage. Be sure to take photos of anything you have to throw out so you don't forget about it when you file your claim.
Call a flood cleaning professional for help, or if you want to clean yourself, rent the equipment you'll need. At the least, you'll probably need commercial fans, floor dryers, a wet vac, and a dehumidifier. If you don't have power, you may need to get a generator too. An advantage of calling a professional service is that they'll have all the equipment needed.
Get Rid Of Water And Moisture
It's important to get rid of both standing water and high humidity so you can prevent mold. Water can be removed with a wet vac, but when the water comes from an outdoor flood, there will probably be sand and other debris on the floor too that has to be removed.
Once standing water is gone, ventilation should be increased to help dry out your home. This might be done with fans or your HVAC. If your home is going to be closed up, then using an HVAC and dehumidifier might be best. The flood cleaning company might also use floor dryers that dry out water under the flooring.
Tear Out Wet Drywall And Other Materials
Porous building items and fabric furniture will probably need to be thrown out since they are soaked with contaminated water. Throwing out these things also removes moisture from your home and helps your home dry out faster. You'll need to decide what can be saved and set it aside for cleaning. Almost anything that has a hard, non-porous surface can be disinfected and saved.
Sanitize Your Home
Once the water is gone and the wet and ruined materials are removed, work can begin on sanitizing the surfaces in your home that made contact with the water. It's important to wear protective gear when cleaning up flood damage because of the risks associated with contaminated water and mold.
Cleaning products can be used to get rid of dirt and then bleach can be used to sanitize the surface. The property flood cleaning professional can help you choose the things that can be saved and sanitized, what things need to be sanitized by a professional, and what things need to be thrown out.