Do’s and Don’ts in the Aftermath of a House Flood
Aside from these immediate damages, even minor floods can have serious long-term implications when it comes to mold growth and erosion.
When your family home falls victim to a flood, it is important to act fast. Your first course of action should be to contact Steamatic’s water damage restoration team, but there is still more to be done once the call is made. To guarantee best results, it is important to know what preparation can and cannot be done by the home owner awaiting the arrival of professional help. Read on to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of post-flood recovery.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting in safe areas with minimal build-up.
- Help wet cushions dry by propping them up and allowing air to circulate.
- Open drawers, closet doors, and luggage to encourage drying through increased air flow.
- Move all delicate items, documents, and photographs to a safe area.
- Lift draperies from your carpet and hang them on a drapery rod or other stable hanger.
- Remove any wet area rugs or floor coverings that you may have.
- Try to use a household vacuum to remove water.
- Use electrical appliances on wet carpet or flooring.
- Enter rooms with standing water. This must be handled by professionals who understand risks of electrical shock and toxic chemical cocktails.
- Lift tacked carpet without help. Doing so improperly can cause your carpet to shrink. Leave this to the Steamatic professionals!
- Wait to call for professional help.Mold and bacteria growth can begin mere hours after exposure. Call Steamatic today!