If your home has suffered extensive water damage due to some mechanical breakdown or a natural disaster, you will only have a very short amount of time to salvage your belongings and valuables. This is especially important when it comes to electrical equipment and furniture.
Actions to take after flooding
Keep in mind that the first 24 hours will be critical to the proper water damage management and remediation. While there are some things you could do on your own to salvage some of your belongings, in the end, you will most likely have to hire the services of a flood cleanup company. When it comes to doing as much as you can on your own, we will provide you with some tips on how to manage a flooding disaster at home..
Turn off your electricity-based tech
When a flood strikes your home, your number one priority should be to turn off all your electric equipment and shut down the electricity that goes into your home. You are probably perfectly aware that electricity and standing water are a recipe for disaster. Not only will you risk losing all your electric equipment, but also the lives of everyone in the house, as well.
Depending on how bad the water damage is, your electronics, such as your telephones, computers or TVs, may still be salvageable, but only if you call the professionals within the first 24 hours.
When it comes to the other equipment in your home, this is what you should do:
- Insert plugs in all your showers, baths and basins and weigh them down.
- Ensure that all the inlet pipes on dishwashers and washing machines are turned off
- Try plugging the toilet bowl with a large towel, or by putting a sandbag in it.
- Once the flood water recedes, do not forget to remove these precautions, so as to allow the water to drain quickly.
To minimize the growth of mildew and toxic mold, start ventilating all the areas of your house ASAP. Do this even if you have standing water.
Protect the floors
When it comes to the damage caused by water, your floors will be among the most heavily damaged elements. In this situation, your best option would be to use a carpet cleaner with enough suction, so as to dry out the floors and carpets. However, if you don’t have a strong enough carpet cleaner, you should let the professionals handle this problem. If you don’t act quickly enough, the flooring underneath and the padding will become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
Useful drying equipment
To quicken up the process of drying, make sure to open all your drawers and closet doors to let the air circulate. In this case, it would be a good thing to have big fans or a humidifier around, which could be used to keep the air on the move. During winter time, you could use a heater, while during the summer, you could use your air conditioning system to dry out soaked thing. However, keep in mind not to use these devices until it is safe to turn on the electricity.