A major flood would cause extensive damage to your home, but even minor ones should never be ignored. Once the flooding is done, you will have some cleaning to do to restore the house back to the condition before the floods, and the best route is to use the services of a professional flood cleaning company. However, in some cases, you can attempt to do it on your own, in which case, here are some vital tips for you:
Serous water damage can be experienced in as little as one day, hence you need to be very prompt in your action. Don’t wait by harboring at a neighbor’s place. Swing into action immediately by calling your insurance agent to report the loss, then plan immediately on how to prevent further damage if the flooding is still ongoing, or begin planning the cleaning process as soon as possible.
Before embarking on any form of flood cleaning, ensure the power is shut off to minimize the chances of getting electrocuted. Then put on a protective mask, boots and goggles, especially if there are signs of mold infestation following the flood.
The first step
Begin by getting rid of stagnant water and mud for sanitation purposes. Then, remove all the furniture, rugs, bedding, clothing and drapes from the affected areas to a dry place. Then wash every part of the affected rooms, including the walls, ceiling and the floors.
Clean the carpets
To deal with the carpets, use a wet-vac or the normal carpet cleaners to remove water and mud from the carpets and the other rugs. If the carpet was submerged for long, or if it was exposed to sewage, it may be unsalvageable, and the only option may be to discard it.
If you experience a mold infestation following the flooding, the prudent thing to do would be to call for professional mold cleaning services. Dealing with mold, is very dangerous and unless you know how, you should leave it to the professionals.