Floods and other natural disasters have become more common over time. You may attribute this to global warming or other changes in the environment, but floods can leave your home in a bad state after the water has subsided. So how do you clean your water damaged home after a flood? This guide provides you useful tips.
1. Disconnect Power Supply
Start by disconnecting the power supply and unplugging all your appliances. It will be safest to disconnect the power mains in your home to create a safe environment unless and until your home is dry and clean.
2. Remove the Water
There are many different ways in which you can remove the water. It is most likely that you may not have electric power in your home. Use the traditional way such as old towels, mops, and buckets to soak water. Pour the water into the drain or lawn depending on the condition of the sewer. You can also use a vacuum, but avoid the one with an extension cord. You can rent a sump pump, if there is still water in your basement.
Once all the water has been removed from your home, you should dry out the area using a dehumidifier and fans. Keep the windows open to speed up drying. It is important to dry the area as quickly as possible. Else the dampness can cause damage to the building’s structure. If the drywall has been damaged, it will be required to cut away such areas.
Once you have cleaned your water damaged home, it is important to disinfect it. Use a quality disinfectant to prevent any microbe development. Disinfect all the areas including the floors, walls, furniture, insulation, and any wooden beams.
So follow these tips to make sure that your home is clean and safe after water damage. It is best not to live in the property it has been fully disinfected and dried out and considered to be safe to live in.