It's been pouring for days, and you're starting to get worried. You may even see water coming up from the ground through your basement floor or seeping in through a window crack. The anxiety starts to rise and you start wondering what you should do if there is a flood. Well don't worry! We have compiled a step-by-step guide on how remove flood water from your home so that you can relax again!
Turn off Electricity and Gas.
Safety first! You want to remove all power sources from the water's reach as soon as possible because we don't know what will happen with an electrical current when it comes into contact with a flood of this magnitude. In the event that you have any appliances plugged in, unplug them before they can leak or break.
The same goes for natural gas - remove these pipes from potential harm by turning your knob to "OFF." If you are using LP (liquid propane) fuel tanks, remove these also and place them on high ground following manufacturer instructions carefully according to warnings on tank labels. Keep safety measures in mind at all times throughout this process so that nothing bad happens while you remove flood water.
Remove all Furniture, Electronics, and Other Items From the Water's Reach
This may seem like a no-brainer but you want to remove everything that will be in danger of being submerged when this process is done or ruined by standing water after it has been removed. You don't need to worry about your clothes because they should always have been stored away safely (due diligence).
You can remove valuable belongings such as bookshelves with heavy objects on them into high ground while wet towels are used to soak up any excess liquid from the carpeting before cleaning the floor afterward - but just remember not to get anything else wet! Unplug costly electronics so that they stay dry even if there is any excess water.
Use a Wet-dry Vacuum to Suck up as Much of the Water
Use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up as much of the water as possible, while using towels or rugs on the floor to soak up any remaining water. This is where it gets messy so you want to remove anything from your floors that may be damaged by liquid and remove doors and windows if they are not leaking but will likely leak when the time comes for removal of floodwater - this should go without saying!
You can use an ordinary household plunger in some cases if there's nowhere else for air to escape (but only after all power sources have been turned off). If you're dealing with puddles rather than a deep pooling of floodwater then don't use a wet-dry vacuum. Instead, remove any nonporous furniture or electronics from the water's reach and use towels to wipe up as much of it as possible before following step four.
Place Towels or Rugs on the Floor to Soak up Any Remaining Water
You may need more than one towel but don't forget that you must remove all soaked items when they are done soaking! This is also where your rubber gloves come in handy because we want to keep our hands safe too (though this task can be tedious).
The last step is disinfecting your floors with a cleaner so that no mold grows and there won't be an odor left behind after everything has been removed - just make sure not to get any of the cleaner on anything else!
Clean Floors with a Disinfectant Cleaner
In order to remove flood water, you should clean your flooring thoroughly with an appropriate household bleach-based or other approved cleaner that will kill germs and remove odors from standing wet surfaces. Be sure to also remove all towels, rugs or other items left on the ground after using them for drying purposes so as not to contaminate remaining areas where there may be standing water - in some cases this can actually increase flooding and make it difficult if not impossible to remove.
The only way to remove floodwater is by following these easy steps one at a time while remembering safety precautions at every turn until everything is back to normal.
This blog post has given you a step-by-step guide on how remove flood water as well as the reasons why it is important to remove this type of liquid from your home. I have also provided some tips and tricks for various different situations that may come up while trying to remove any standing, unwanted, or dangerous liquids in order to keep everyone safe and protected. When removing floodwater be sure not to turn off power sources until all furniture has been removed - but make sure not to get anything else wet either!