Flood damage is one of the most difficult types of damage to overcome. You should have professional assessment and assistance done before restoring your home that has been damaged in a disastrous flood. You need to check your home for structural security and other safety issues before you attempt the remediation of the obvious damages.
Once your home has been cleared for entry, you can get to work:
• Find the point of entry of the water and shut off all sources of water to your home. If the flooding occurred in a bathroom, make sure to shut off the water to the bathroom. If the source was from outside such as a leak in the roof, determine the best way to patch it. Remember to shut off all power sources to the affected area.
• Remove everything from the affected room or rooms. For example, remove all rugs, towels, and knickknacks from a bathroom before any cleaning work is to start. Place anything that came into contact with the water somewhere safe to dry such as a sun room or back patio. Do not try to dry everything at one time in the dryer. You should throw away any items contaminated by an overflowing toilet. Else, you can set them aside for special attention later.
• Don’t forget to remove items from closets and under beds even if they are not wet at the moment. The moisture in the air can cause items to mold and carpeting can cause the underside of items to get wet.
• You must disinfect areas that have been contaminated by the water.
• Open windows and turn on vents to ventilate your rooms.
• Have your carpeting cleaned professionally to remove contamination and the extra water.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage remediation. and restoration services provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.