Flood water or water from cracks of pipes can cause immense damage to your homes. Water is critical for life, but flowing water can also cause any damages to your houses. If water stays at a place for a longer time, the growth of bacterias, insects, and pests may also increase, leading to many health toxic effects in your home.
Floods are not common, but a flood can cause significant damages that require great investments to recover at once. But if you only had minor ceiling drips and wet drywall that can you fix with yourself.
Disconnect the electricity
if the floodwater affects your home, then electricity may be the significant damage, so power off the electricity before starting cleanup. Ensure that all the water is removed from electric appliances and pieces of equipment.
Before starting the cleanup, unplug all the electronics and never touch with wet hands. Carefully inspect the switches and sockets before reconnecting the electricity.
There are many ways to remove water from home but keep in mind that floodwater is contaminated and may contain toxic materials dangerous to health. Wear proper protective masks, gloves, and shoes.
Use handy pieces of equipment to remove water as there is no electricity at that time. Keep detergents, soaps, and disinfectants as you need old towels and dusters to clean water, which will help clean.
Inspect every area of the house and make a clear assessment regarding damages. Make a proper plan in your mind from where you will start cleaning.
Please do not ignore any minor leak as they lead to significant flooding if the water line burst. Cleans up with proper protective care as it may be hazardous.
Take good care when you are going to come in contact with water, and if any major issue is found during cleaning, immediately contact professional restoration teams.
Use a vacuum to remove water, but you may have an electricity connection if there is any wall or ceiling damage. Try to clear water first from electricity areas and let them dry.
Dry the affected area
Once you can remove all the water from the affected area and thoroughly clean up all the spaces, it’s time to dry all the regions and affect the home’s appliance. Wet holes enhance moulds’ growth and many other microorganisms that can not be visible but hazardous to health.
Take proper measures to dry all the regions, like let the air circulate in your home by opening the doors and windows. Place all the water damaged furniture, carpets, and any other wet appliance under the sun.
Several commercial products in the market help you in the immediate drying of the wet surfaces. You can also buy that and take advantage.
Prevent mould growth
Mould growth is the worst condition after the flood in homes. Moulds, insects, and microorganisms are water-loving. They immediately start their development within 24 and 48 hours of water stay or even on a wet surface.
To prevent mould growth, immediately clean up your home and effectively dry everything like floors, carpets, walls, and even furniture. Run dehumidifiers and fans immediately after clean if possible and have not the electricity issue.
Food and water sanitation
Flood water contaminates everything in the home. Properly stain and boil your drinking water before use until public health sectors declare that your drinking water is safe to drink.
Commercially packed food in containers and jars are safe for use. Remove their labels, thoroughly clean the boxes. Re-label the containers according to previous titles to remember the expiry dates.