Did you know that floods can cause more damage than lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined? The aftermath of floodwaters wreak havoc on homes and businesses, at times requiring completely new structures. If you’ve recently experienced flood water damage to your home, there may still be time to save your home from a state of disrepair. Here are just a few DIY flood damage cleanup tips to help get you started!
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Understanding Flood Water Damage
Water damage restoration is an urgent situation, not just because of the initial destruction, but also the after-effects. This can mean the difference between saving your home and having to completely rebuild. To give you an idea of what can happen if water is left to fester, we have put together this list of important household items that could be permanently damaged:
- Solid Wood: Wood Furniture and floors that soak in water for too long may begin to warp and crack if not dried out completely.
- Wallboard and Drywall: Due to the porous nature of these materials, they act like a sponge and become fragile during floods. They can also remain contaminated even after they’ve been dried out.
- Pipes and/or Electrical Wiring: Pipes can easily float out of place or break during a flood. It is also very common for electrical wiring to become stripped.
- HVAC: When heater and air conditioning units become flooded, their internal electrical systems douse pilot lights. They can also become muddy and/or contaminated, in which case they will have to be taken apart and cleaned piece by piece.
- Appliances: If your household appliances become damaged, they will circuit out and potentially release harmful or explosive gases.
What to Do During Flood Damage Cleanup
First things first, you must have confirmation that it is safe to return to your home from a government official. Once it has been deemed safe, make sure you bring emergency supplies and cash with you. Here are some things to look for following a flood:
- Smell for leaking gas and look for damaged power or gas lines.
- Check pilings, stairs, floors, and walls for any slants or damage.
- See if your water is running and if it’s safe to use for drinking and cleaning.
- Look for cabinets and other items that look like they may fall over.
- Keep your eyes open for rodents, snakes, insects, or other pests that may have come in with the flood.
- Make a list of the damage and take clear photos or videos.
Once you have thoroughly checked your home and noted the damage for your insurance, here are some first steps that will prepare your home for the water damage cleanup process.
- Wear protective clothing, boots, and rubber gloves at all times.
- Remove as much debris from possible from the home.
- Temporarily patch holes in the walls and roof with plastic wrap.
- Open every window and door in the home to increase ventilation.
- Decide which furniture items you can save and which ones you can throw away.
- Refrain from doing any structural or electrical work yourself.
- Don’t connect generators to the home’s power system.
Ready to Put Your Home Back Together? Call ServiceMaster of Charleston
Cleaning up after a flood is a lot of work, but luckily you have ServiceMaster of Charleston ready to help! Our water damage professionals use advanced products, procedures, and equipment to bring you only the highest level of cleaning and protection. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way and be happy to answer all of your questions throughout the process. We understand this is a difficult time for you, so let us take care of your home while you focus on the things that are most important. Don’t wait another minute! Contact us today and let’s get started!