Cleaning up after a Flood

Floods do extensive damage to property as the water could be flowing at high speeds. The destructive nature of water is also unlike any other as it gets soaked into anything that can absorb it, and pushes everything else around. It might not be easy to start on the clean up in good time as water is hazardous.

It could be carrying waste from many different areas and coming into contact with it could cause disease. It can also wash you away, thereby killing you.  Water damage emergency at home is traumatizing and should be handled with utmost precaution. If it is an exercise that you cannot handle on your own, it is best you call in help from a water damage professional to assist you to like the more the water sits, the more damage it will do.

After the flood has ended and water has settled, the first thing you should do is unplug all electrical appliances and turn off the main switch to the house. Water and electricity do not mix, and this will prevent cases of electrocution. Everyone that gets into direct contact with the water has to have protective gear to protect them from microbes in the water.

You should then move out anything that is on the floor. Move the carpet, clothes lying on the floor and anything else that absorbed water should be moved outside to dry and get disinfected before they can be brought back into the house. You should then get buckets, jugs, containers and anything else that can help you push out the water since it is causing more damage as it sits there.

Once all the water has been pushed out, you should get mops and towels to dry completely off the whole area. Open all windows for free air flow and it will also help in drying the house. Proceed to disinfect the whole house with a good disinfectant to rid the house of bacteria that could have come in with the water. Failure to do this could cause mold.

You should also get the right chemicals to ensure that you kill off all the mold that may be sprouting all over the place. Furniture that sat in the flood water should also be disinfected and treated for molds. Damaged items should also be treated and properly disposed to prevent them from breeding harmful microbes to anyone that might come into contact with them. Cleaning up after a flood can be an unsettling task, but it is important that you do it the right way for the sake of your health.

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Avoid Water Damage and Save Yourself From Expensive Repairs

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Although flooding inside your house is very easy to spot, there are instances wherein water damage is almost impossible to notice. These hard to notice water damage are caused by water or condensation that gradually seeps through floors, walls and any other parts of our house over time. By the time you take notice of it, it would be too late. The damage has been done will require costly repairs. In fact, you might end up spending thousands just to fix a single wall.

 

Other than severe flooding, it is possible to avoid water damage. If we can avoid them, then we can avoid expensive repair jobs. To be able avoid water damage, it is important to know the effective preventive measures.

One of the simplest way to prevent water damage is to seal and insulate your windows and doors. This should be done because the rain and snow can enter your house through the gaps of your doors and windows. Over time, the continuous entry of rain and snow from the windows and doors would cause water damage to the surrounding areas.

 

Check your pipes regularly for faulty pipes and leaks. This is because leaking pipes is one of the leading causes of water damage. If there are any leaks, fix them right away. If there are signs of wear and tear, then replace your pipes before they would burst open.

 

Construct gutters and ditches for your house. Sometimes, water damage may be caused by rain water gathering around your house. Make sure your rain gutters are clean and nothing obstructs the path of rain water. If there’s obstruction present, rain water may flow somewhere else and it may seep through the roof or ceiling.

Always inspect your roof for any area that is leaking. If there’s positive signs of leak, fix the broken roof and address the damaged area before it worsens.

 

It is important to regulate the moisture level of your home. If it isn’t regulated, water would condense a lot inside your house. This would promote water damage and dangerous mold growth.

If you see water damage in your home, you should act right away to prevent further damage. Seek the service of water damage restoration companies.


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