23 Sep How to Clean Your Home After a Flood
Did you experience a flood? You may need some flood recovery cleaning services.
As summer storms roll into southern Wisconsin, the risk of flooding is always present. While there may not be much you can do to prevent a flood, knowing how to prepare for flood recovery cleaning can help save you thousands in repairs. Of course, when all else fails, the right move is to get in touch with an experienced flood restoration company like Daleen Restoration.
Get the Right Equipment
One simple step you can take today is to make sure you’re stocked up on the right flood recovery cleaning equipment. Check this list to make sure you have everything you need:
- Personal protection including an N95 respirator, long rubber gloves, and snug goggles
- Cleaning tools and equipment like buckets, garbage bags, shovels, rakes, and a good utility knife
- A universal sanitizer like bleach
- A humidity meter and moisture meter to monitor moisture levels
Remove and Monitor Moisture
Since mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours, it’s essential to act fast after a flood to minimize water damage done to your home. The first step you should take is to turn on every air conditioner, dehumidifier, and fan you own, to air out the house as quickly as possible. If you don’t have an air conditioner, keep windows wide open to let the breeze do its work.
This phase can take time, but luckily you can use your humidity and moisture meter to keep track of your progress. Ideally, you’re aiming for between 30 to 50 percent humidity to keep mold from growing.
Once your home is set to dry, you should heave plenty of time to begin clearing debris. This is where a sturdy shovel or rake can come in to help collect pieces of wood, glass, or metal you may find. Don’t forget to wear hand, eye, and mouth protection throughout the process.
Evaluate and Repair Water Damage
When it comes to appliances and furniture, you’ll need to evaluate each piece individually for damage. For appliances, do not plug them in to make sure they work. If you think your washer, dryer, or microwave can be salvaged, get in touch with a qualified repair person who can safely check to see if it is working properly.
For wood or cloth furniture, you need to dry each piece thoroughly. If it is not dry within 48 hours, you must dispose of it to avoid mold. Once your house is back in order, you can consider carpet cleaning, replacing drywall, and other structural water damage repairs.
Hire a Professional Restoration Company
Of course, the safest way to manage flood recovery cleaning is to hire a local professional. At Daleen Restoration, our team has the skills and experience necessary to restore your home at a minimal cost.