Flood damage cleanup is not as simple as just removing the water and moisture from your home. There is a lot more to it than that. To clean up the damage effectively, and keep yourself safe in the process, you need to know what steps to follow after a flood. Below are six important tips for water damage cleanup that our restoration professionals at ACE Cleaning in the Long Beach area recommend you take to minimize the damage to your home after a flood.
Disconnect Your Power
If you can safely do so, disconnecting your power should be one of your first priorities after a flood. This is especially important if the water rises above the electrical outlets. Doing this can save you from the danger of being electrocuted.
Remove Electronics And Furniture Out Of The Flooded Area
The faster you get items out of the water’s way, the more likely you’ll be able to save them. Definitely, move all electrical items first. Pull up any carpets (wall to wall and area rugs) and underpadding. You may be able to save the carpet if you get it cleaned and disinfected. However, it is unlikely you’ll be able to save the underpadding, which acts like a sponge and absorbs a lot of water.
Get Rid Of The Water
This is obviously critically important, and the more quickly you can do it the better. In fact, every hour longer than you allow water to remain in your home after a flood, the greater the overall damage and cost to you will be. If you have a sump pump, it is a very effective way to remove large amounts of water quickly. However, the best thing you can do to remove water quickly is to contact a certified cleaning and restoration company near you to restore the damage. If you live near the Long Beach area, we at ACE Cleaning are here to help!
Dry Out The Affected Areas
The next step after removing the excess water from your home is to ensure all the moisture is dried out. You can do this on your own by turning on any fans you have to circulate the air throughout your home more (just make sure it is safe to use your electricity). You can also speed up the drying process by opening your windows and doors to naturally circulate air throughout your home. While this is a very easy step to take, it is also easy to overlook. Thus, we recommend that you place a high priority upon making sure this happens.
Prevent Mold From Growing
Once the water damage cleanup process has been completed, you still need to take steps to prevent mold from growing as a result of the flood. The best way to do this is to be very diligent. about ensuring that there are no remaining pockets of moisture in your home. These hidden pockets of moisture are breeding grounds for mold and can develop into a serious problem in a relatively short timeframe.