When your house floods, the water can destroy the structure of your home, your personal belongings, and even affect the health of you and your family. Flood waters contain many contaminants and even just an inch of water can ruin floors, walls, appliances, and furniture. After a flood, cleaning up is a long and tedious process. Follow these common techniques for sanitizing and cleaning a flooded house.
- File A Claim – If your home has suffered a significant amount of damage, call your insurance agent right away to file a claim. The sooner you file, the better. Make sure to take pictures of any floodwater in your home and make a list of any damaged personal property.
- Turn All Power Off – Keep your power off until an electrician has inspected your system completely. This include appliances, heating, and cooling.
- Avoid Contaminated Water – Drinking water can become contaminated by material carried by the flood to wells. Drink from clean water sources such as bottled water or boil water for 10 minutes, until your town advises you that the water supply is safe to consume. Once you’re advised that the water is safe to drink, make sure to run taps for a few minutes to eliminate any contaminants in the pipes.
- Check For Moisture – Check for moisture on the walls, floor, and furniture. If these are damp, they can hold in water and support mold growth. To prevent mold growth, remove as much moisture as possible immediately after a flood. Mop up any water from floors, and remove any carpets or clothes that have been dampened. To dry the inside of your home, open all doors and windows and turn up the heat to at least 15 degrees warmer than the outside temperature. Throw out any fabrics that are beyond repair in order to avoid the spread of mold.
- Throw Away Food – Throw away any food, medicine, or water that has come in contact with floodwater (including canned goods). DON’T RISK IT. THESE CAN EASILY BE REPLACED!
- Clean And Disinfect Every Surface – Scrub surfaces with warm water and a strong cleaner. Then disinfect with a solution of chlorine bleach and warm water, or a product that is labeled as a disinfectant to kill germs.
- Wash Your Hands – Hand washing is also very important during cleanup to prevent illness. Clean your hands frequently with antibacterial hand sanitizer until the water is no longer contaminated.
- Wear Protective Clothing – When cleaning up any flood damage, always wear full covered clothing, boots, gloves, and protective eye-wear.
Floods are associated with excess moisture, which can help create the perfect environment for mold growth. People can be exposed to mold through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. For individuals with asthma, or those with allergies, exposure to mold can induce their reaction or cause them to develop major health problems. By reducing mold growth the instant after a flood, you can help reduce the risk of mold-related health problems for yourself and your family.
If your house has been affected by a flood, call Infinity Abatement today at 978-994-8734.