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Mistakes to Avoid when Drying a Flooded Home

Flooding is a disaster for many homeowners, but it doesn't have to be. The key to successful drying is prevention and preparation. Mistakes made in the process of cleaning up can lead to mold growth, which will cost you even more money later on. In this article we will share six mistakes that are easily avoided with a little planning and forethought. These tips should help you get your home back together quickly and efficiently!

Not turning off the power and gas before removing water from your home.

It is important that you turn off all utilities in order to prevent electric shocks or fire hazards, as well as potential damage to electrical equipment. For example, if there are any appliances plugged into outlets with running water then they will likely be destroyed by electricity at some point once the flooding stops. You'll also want to make sure you shut off natural gas (if applicable) for safety reasons, since it poses a risk of explosion during this process. Turning these things on again after finishing clean up can lead them back on without flipping their switches first!

Using a wet vacuum cleaner to dry your home.

It's important not use a wet vacuum, because any liquid in the hose will just seep into the carpet and flooring. The moisture is also likely to overflow onto other pieces of furniture or electronics near it as you're cleaning, causing water damage on those items too! If there are spills that need cleaned up (such as spilled detergent), then be sure to clean them with paper towels first before attempting this method for drying out your house...

Avoid using a gas oven for drying

A dryer is essential when you have flooding-related water damage throughout your home; however, some people make the mistake of turning their own stove-top burners on high heat after they flooded home. This is a very bad idea, because it not only takes much longer to dry out your house but also could cause an assortment of fire hazards in addition to melting certain materials or igniting paper on nearby surfaces!

Putting water-soaked items into the washing machine or dishwasher for drying.

If you want to save both time and money during this process then do not put any soaked fabrics into a washer or dishwasher until they are in need of cleaning (you can always a regular cycle without soap afterwards). If left sitting too long, these machines will just continue to spread bacteria throughout fabric - which may result in food poisoning if someone decides to use that run them through the dishwasher to clean them and then eat off of the dishes.

Using towels, not paper goods, for soaking up excess moisture.

Generally speaking, it is best to use a towel instead of paper products when you're cleaning up water-related disasters in your home - such as during flooding or if you spill liquid onto something that needs drying out (such as an entertainment center). If there are spills on furniture like floors or couches where people may walk around after being finished cleaning, then be sure to place these items near walls and other objects so any potential mess can't drip anywhere else!


In the event that your home is flooded, it's easy enough to make one or more of these six mistakes. The key point here is prevention and preparation: making sure you're prepared for what happens before an emergency will help ensure everything goes smoothly after something unexpected. With just a little forethought, you can speed up this process - saving time, money, and frustration!

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