Tips and first steps for the home owner / Business owner
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In truth, no one is ever ready for the event of a flood in their home. unless you live in an area that suffers from such a reality on a yearly basis you most likely not prepared for the damage even a minor flood leaves in its wake.
If you live near coastal areas, authorities may warn you early enough about an incoming storm. Regardless of how early these warnings come, it’s impossible to be 100% prepared for it. These floods, if they don’t destroy your home, can cause significant damages to your prized possession, your furniture, valuable electric equipment, and even your home foundation.
However, flooding is not only an external threat. A slow leaking pipe, broken fast-flowing pipings, clogged drains, or faulty washing machine hoses can also cause flooding. They have the same effect as heavy rains and if were not caught early on could lead to lasting damages.
The hard part for most people is the flood recovery process. It’s enough to know that your house/business flooded. The damages caused and the repair bills required can leave you devastated without knowing exactly what to do.
After flooding, you need to focus on the water damage restoration process of flood recovery. Here’s how to hasten the process of flood recovery:
Inspect the Affected Area
First, you need to access the extent of damage done before doing anything. You have to be certain that it’s safe to enter the building. If it has been flooded for days, it’s naturally a minefield of danger, and you can get hurt by cracks in the building’s foundation or fallen power lines.
Be on the lookout for these things before you do anything.
Find Out the Source of the Flooding
You can’t make your home dry if you don’t know where the leakage is coming from. If it’s external, then it’s completely beyond you. If not, you have to trace the cause and fix it. Identifying the cause will help you to know whether the water you’re dealing with is:
- Clean water
- Blackwater (which is dangerous)
Doing anything asides will lead to yet another flooding, which might be worse than the initial one.
Remove Excess Water
Depending on the level of water in the building, you can use a bucket to scoop out the water. You can also use a piece of foam to soak the water if it’s not too much.
Dry Affected Materials
One crucial step to take in this damage restoration process is to find how to dry the affected materials in the house. Depending on the situation, there are several ways you can go about this:
- Mould Remediation: If your home has been flooded for a while, excess moisture may have caused mold to form. To remove the mould, Biocide, a liquid that kills mould, should be used in the area. If left on the area for a few days, the biocide will kill the mold spores. Then a vacuum cleaner can be used to clean the mold away
- Use a Dehumidifier: This can be used to extract moisture from the air, a process which speeds up aeriation
Clean and Disinfect
Once done, you should disinfect the affected space. Clothes soaked by floodwaters should be washed thoroughly with soap and hot water to kill the germs. Unless they are canned, foods exposed to flood waters should be disposed of off.
If you’ve been affected by flooding, you need to move swiftly to tackle it. If you can’t do it by yourself, hire the services of a water damage restoration agency to help you with it. In all, ensure you don’t waste time when it comes to your flood recovery process.