Cleaning up from a flood is stressful business. To quickly and safely recover from flood damage, follow these steps and be sure to consult a professional during the process.
Assess the damage
First, check for power loss. If your power is out and you have standing water in your home, don’t go in. If there is a critical and immediate need to enter the building, call the fire department or your restoration company.
The next step is to take pictures of the damage. This quick step could substantially speed up the process of filing a claim. Simply document significant damage and write down damaged items.
Put Safety First
Your first instinct when tackling flood cleanup is probably to get rid of the problem as quickly as it came. However, you could have a lot bigger problems on your hand if you neglect basic safety precautions. Electrified water, pathogens, and unstable structural elements are common in house floods. Take a step outside of the situation and make a safe plan to remedy the situation.
Start Clean Up Quickly
To keep mold at bay, it’s important to dry water-logged items (everything from furniture to spatulas) within 48 hours. The longer they remain wet, the more likely mildew and rotting can occur. Begin by opening windows and using a few well-placed fans to expedite the drying process.
Wash and Rewash Clothing
For washable fabrics, treat stains with a simple prewash spray and set your washing machine to use cool water. This will remove dirt and debris that the flood swept in. After this initial wash, be sure to rewash in hot water with detergent and chlorine or all-fabric bleach to banish any unwelcome microorganisms. Be sure to consult with a professional during this process as some flood water mandates disposing of all washable items.
Take solid wood furniture outdoors and remove drawers to clean. Gently scrub furniture with a damp rag dipped in mild soap and water. Allow the furniture to dry out of direct sunlight.
For other water-saturated furniture pieces, professional restoration is likely necessary. Flood water seeps into the crevices of furniture—especially fabric furniture—that can unfortunately make cleaning repetitive and never-ending.
Call a Professional
Before you attempt to tackle any long, arduous restoration process, know that severe damage usually requires a professional team. Pros have specialized equipment to remove water and the training and expertise necessary to check for mold and restore your property back to normal. Whenever flood water is involved, calling a professional is the wisest and often the quickest course of action. Since an instant response is imperative, we offer service 24/7. Give On Time Restoration in Greenfield a call today if you are in need of our floodwater cleanup services.