Whatever happens, always make safety your number one concern. As soon as a place gets flooded or even before that happens, turn off the electrical supply to the affected area. If you don’t do this, you will risk getting electrocuted as you step into the water. Once you have turned off the water, unplug all the appliances and only use them after you have removed the water that has entered your house.
Do not forget to wear tall boots, especially those with rubber soles. This should give you secure footing. A headlamp is necessary to provide light where you need it. For flood that has come from a sewage backup, do not attempt to clean it up yourself as this could be a biohazard. Contact professionals because they have special equipment.
Inspect all your things.
Remove and throw away anything that is wet and considered useless such as pillows, mattresses, insulation, moldings and even damaged parts of walls. Dispose of carpets, pads and other floor coverings. In the case of wood flooring, you need to expose it outside to dry in the sun. Salvage other items like clothing and furniture but be sure to wash them using hot water and disinfect them thoroughly. Aside from this, you need to disinfect other structural areas using detergent solutions.
Flood-proof your home.
After the water is gone, move your things upstairs. However, keep checking things for damage. Check shower curtains for the presence of molds. If you experience floods every now and then, store important items in high places and do not overcrowd the floor and lower areas. Also, replace cardboard boxes with plastic bins or even something better.
Set up the drying equipment.
After you have made sure that the water is gone and the rug is dry, turn the power back on. Set up the drying equipment or every fan that you have. You can borrow from your friends if you want. If you can, get industrial sized fans. Dehumidifiers can also help speed up the drying process.
Proceed to reconstruction.
Wait until everything is dried up before you can start reconstruction. Proceed to repairs and begin with major ones. You can assign different people to do different repairs for both major and minor ones. Just make sure everything is thoroughly dry and not just dry on the surface. This is because if you begin reconstruction too early, your furniture might experience gradual structural damage.
Some Final Words
Nobody said you should do everything on your own. If the damage to your basement or ground floor is something you cannot handle, then call for professional help. Some companies can provide fans and dehumidifiers. They can also restore the items or repair them. However, for your damaged items and parts of the house, you will need a flood insurance policy.
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