7 Tips For Cleaning After a Flood
7 Tips for Cleaning up After a Flood
Here in the greater Houston metropolitan area, torrential rains and hurricanes often cause flooding. When floods damage your home, give locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO the opportunity to help you throughout the cleanup and restoration process. Our team has the training, expertise, and tools necessary to help you recover quickly from a flood. Cleaning up after a flood requires patience and persistence and is often an overwhelming task for homeowners. However, if you decide to do the cleanup yourself, here are our best 7 tips for cleaning up after a flood:
- Wear Protective Clothing. Floodwaters carry potentially hazardous chemicals, bacteria, debris, and even wildlife. It is imperative that anyone starting the cleanup process wears steel-shank and toed boots, mid-arm rubber gloves, eye protection, and heavy clothing.
- Use Proper Equipment. As soon as it is safe to your home, extract the standing water with a wet/dry vacuum. Using fans and portable dehumidifiers throughout the home will also help to speed up the process. If electricity has been cut to your home, use a generator and extension cords designed for outdoor use.
- Remove Furniture. If possible, place water damaged furniture from your home outdoors to dry, preferably out of direct sunlight.
- Remove Carpet. Carpet that has been saturated by floodwaters will need to be thrown out. Cut into narrow strips, roll, and dispose of properly. Be mindful that carpet and padding will be extremely heavy when waterlogged. Rent a dumpster to aid in the disposal.
- Scrub Hard Surfaces. Use a combination of bleach and water to scrub all the hard surfaces including floors, walls, countertops, and other items to kill the potentially dangerous bacteria carried by the water. Purchase a large supply of buckets, sponges, stiff scrub brushes, and paper towels.
- Apply Mold Inhibitors. In our area, mold starts to develop within 48 hours of water damage. Once the water has been extracted, the drywall, insulation, and carpeting have been removed, and all surfaces have been disinfected and dried, apply a commercially available mold inhibitor, This step will help prevent the need for mold remediation in the future.
- Research Restoration Tips. When water damages personal items like photos, antiques, clothing, or fine art, it can be tempting to throw them in the dumpster with the other damaged items. However, there is a chance that with proper restoration, these items can be salvaged. It is important to use the techniques and processes professional emergency flood restoration teams utilize.
Severe weather is common in our area, and SERVPRO of Bear Creek ensures that all of our team members have the training and the equipment necessary to restore properties to their pre-flood condition. We are honored to be a preferred service provider for many national insurance companies, allowing us to coordinate directly with them, saving you time and frustration.