Cleaning Up After Flood Damage

Being the victim of a flood can be a devastating experience. Even the smallest amount of flood water in your home can cause severe damage. We asked the experts at Allied Restoration for some help and advice on cleaning up a home after flood damage.

Flooding damage on the curb in Endicott. Photo credit
Flooding damage on the curb in Endicott. Photo credit

Typically, what kind of things are damaged in a home after a flood?
With even just one inch of water, your expensive investments can be affected all at once such as your carpeting, furniture, appliances, and the wallboards. For more severe flooding, other items in your home can be damaged, including air conditioning system, roofing, well systems – even the foundations of the building.

After a home is flooded, what needs to be done first?
Get in touch with your insurance agent. This is the first thing that you want to do if your home has been damaged from a flood. If you have insurance, it should cover a majority (if not all) damages, it all depends on your personal plan. As you clean your home, you want to take photos and inventory of your personal items and the damages.

Can any of the clean up be done by myself?
Cleaning up after a flood is no easy task – it takes time, effort, and patience. But there are some things you can do yourself flooding affects your home

  • For example, you could try to remove the contaminated mud. Flood water carries mud into your home which can be damaging to your health because of the contaminants; therefore you want to remove it as soon as possible. The best way to remove the mud from your home is to shovel out as much as possible, then use a hose to remove it from any of the hard services.
  • After that, disinfect every single surface. Once the mud is removed, it’s time to sanitize your entire home. You want to invest in a heavy-duty cleaner, and scrub the surfaces with that and hot water.
  • You should also try to remove everything that can be removed from your home. From the furniture to the rugs, to bedding and clothing, you want to remove all of these things from your home so they can dry as soon as possible.
  • Within your home, you want to open the windows to ventilate your home, and invest in a dehumidifier to remove the extra moisture in the air. After water enters your home, it only takes mold spores 48 hours to grow, and that’s due to consistent moisture in the air.

What part of the clean up should be left to the professionals?
When it comes to the more severe damages such as the carpeting and the walls, you’ll most likely need to invest in a restoration contractor to properly repair everything. If you have wood flooring in your home, the planks will need to be removed to properly dry, and if the carpeting is damaged, it will need to be replaced.

How long does it typically take to clear up after a flood?
Flooding is inconvenient for every homeowner. The clean-up and repairs can be lengthy and expensive, but if you have the right insurance plan tailored to where your home is located, then your home can usually be salvaged without any problems.

 

All information and advice above was given by Allied Restoration.