Floods can cause extensive damage to properties, if your property has been flooded it is important that you ensure that all safety measures are taken to protect yourself and your family from any aftereffects that may arise as a result of the flooding. Firstly, you must initiate restoration efforts and start cleaning up the property. The quicker you begin the cleaning process the higher the chance you have mitigating mold from developing.
Here is a checklist of a few other things that you must in order to protect your property from long term damage;
Water Damage Restoration & Clean Up Checklist
If you have basic understanding of what to do after your home has been hit by a flood you can ensure that the long term effects of the damage are limited.
Turn off the electricity
We cannot stress how important this is, if your house has been flooded please switch off the electricity beaker from the main power supply, do not switch off your electronics, do not turn on the lights, simply, find the main electricity supply and switch it off. A flood damaged home can be prone to many issues and short circuit can be one of them, it is important that you take precautionary measures to stay safe.
Switch off the main water supply
If you know how to switch off the main water supply, do it! If you don’t hire someone to do it for you. The last thing you want right now is additional flood damage to your home, there is a chance that there might be another breakdown in your water pipes and in order to minimize the risk of any more flood damage you must switch off the main water supply.
Wear clothing to protect yourself
Health and safety comes first! Make sure you are fully equipped with safety boots, rubber gloves and even safety goggles to avoid picking up anything or coming into contact with contaminated water.
Take pictures of the damage
Before you begin the restoration make sure you take pictures of the damage, these pictures will be essential if you are planning on claiming insurance for the damage.
Food and water sanitation
Until it has been declared by your water supplier that the water in your house is uncontaminated and safe, do not drink the water and do not use it for cooking either, in fact do not even come into contact with the water until it has been safe zoned by experts.
Water: if you need to use the water make sure it has been filtered and purified, strain the water with a clean cloth then boil it for at least a minute. If it is not possible to boil the water use fresh unscented chlorine to purify the water.
Food: if the food is canned it can be saved but you must immediately remove the labels and wash the cans thoroughly, you must also desensitize the cans, this can be done by using One tablespoon of bleach in a gallon of water and dipping the cans in it. You can rewrite the expiry dates and re label the cans.
Utensils: all utensils that have come in contact with the flood water must be discarded, this includes: cutting boards, spoons, cutlery, anything that may be of use for a baby such as bottles and dummies. Pans must be washed with chlorine beach.
Walls must be cleaned even if they seem undamaged because this is where the mold may occur and can also cause damage to the structure of the house that will become prominent on a later date.