Water damage from a flood can be incredibly terrifying for the average homeowner. Although you can’t always control Mother Nature and stop a flood, there are things you can do to minimize the damage and clean up your home.
Get rid of the water
The first thing you need to do after you’ve experienced serious water damage from a flood is get rid of the water. If your power is out or you’re afraid to damage any wires, you can soak up the water the old fashioned way with towels, mops, and buckets. As long as your sewers aren’t backed up, you can dump the water down your drains. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum as long as you’re cautious of water getting into the outlets.
Dry out the affected areas
Now that the water is gone, you’re going to need to dry everything out. Everything should be cleaned up and dried out of your home thoroughly and within 24 to 48 hours after the flooding to prevent mold growth. Fans and dehumidifiers will really be your best friends in this situation.
Start cleaning upholstery immediately
Upholstery cleaning is extremely important because your upholstery is at the greatest risk for developing mold and mildew. You will want to inspect your couches, carpets, rugs, etc, and remove everything you can. If you can take off couch cushions and hang up your area rugs, it will be extremely helpful. To start cleaning upholstery, you can use a wet-dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Then, rinse and clean carpets, rugs, couches, etc.
Hire a professional for water remediation services
Finally, you’re going to want to hire a professional to come in and perform water remediation. This process allows the team to evaluate mold growth, contain damage, minimize demolition, remove and contamination, and restore your home to its original condition. Sometimes, the damage is too extensive for you to be able to take care of on your own without a professional’s help. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy peace of mind that your home is in good shape.
If you’ve experienced a flood and you need help controlling the damage and cleaning up your home, give us a call today!