What to Do After a Flood

Cleaning up after a flood can be a long and time-consuming process. Not only do you have to make sure everything is dried out, you must also watch out for mold, which is sure to be a problem, especially for surfaces exposed to water for more than two days, according to a recent article by the Chicago Tribune. What are the best ways to dry out and clean a flooded home, and what are the dangers to look out for? Read on to find out a few of the things you can do when trying to reclaim your home from flood waters.

The first step when dealing with a flooded home is to wait for the flood waters to recede before trying to remove water from your home. Once flood waters have retreated back to a safe distance, ask a professional to go into the home and turn off both the electricity and the gas. This will prevent any accidental electrocutions or explosions from any conduits or pipes that might have been damaged during the flood.

Before you encounter clean water, mud, and especially mold in a house, make sure that you are wearing protective gear. This includes a respirator, goggles, gloves, and work boots or shoes. Any generators or other gas-driven equipment that is used to provide power should not be run within the flooded home, as this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is also best if you wait until floors, ceilings and household furniture are dry and free of mold and mildew before repairing or salvaging. Items still waterlogged when repair attempts are made will have to be fixed again once they do dry out, so it is best to wait. If possible, fans or the air conditioning in a home can be used to aid in the drying process.

As can be seen, taking some precautionary measures both before and during cleanup can pay off. It is traumatic enough to suffer a flood in your home, but homeowners need to realize that rushing back in immediately is not the answer. You need to assess the situation first, and then determine if flooding is extensive enough to take the above precautions to prevent a further tragedy. With patience and perseverance a home can be salvaged from a damaging flood.

For more information about responding after a flood, visit: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-25/classified/sc-home-0917-home-remedies-20120925_1_water-damage-carbon-monoxide-water-levels