Flood In Your Home: What You Need To Do
If you have had water damage in your home before, then you know how important it is to get to work right away. Failing to do this can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can cause health problems for you and anyone else in your home. If you've never had a flood in your home, then you may not know what to do. Read on for tips to help you if you ever encounter this type of situation in your home.
Get The Water Out
First and foremost, get the water out of your home. Use a submersible pump to pump the water out. If you aren't able to plug anything in without getting shocked, you may need to find a different way to pump the water out of your home. Whether you need to use a bucket or a hose that you create suction with, you need to get the water out. Standing water can cause bacteria to grow, which can be dangerous.
Remove your belongings that were in the water. Furniture, clothing, carpeting and padding, toys, and anything in between should be removed. Your belongings can also harbor bacteria, so they need to be removed and either tossed or cleaned (if it can be). Remove everything that you can that isn't nailed down. Be sure to wear gloves and protective clothing when you remove your belongings to protect yourself against infection from water that may have been riddled with bacteria.
Once you have all of the belongings removed, you may need to remove part of the wall to dry out in between the walls (the studs). Remove the drywall just above where it was submerged in water. Remove the wall and allow the studs to dry out thoroughly for a few days.
Clean your bare floors and clean the studs in between the walls. You should use a strong cleaner to kill bacteria such as bleach.
Apply a primer to your bare floors and walls to cover the areas that were affected by the water. Use a primer to paint on the studs and on the bare floors to prevent mold and mildew from growing.
Replace Drywall And Carpeting
After you have applied primer and it has dried according to the manufacturer's instructions, you can replace the drywall on your wall studs and replace carpeting/padding to your floors.
If you aren't sure how to clean up after a flood, you may want to hire a professional to do this work for you. If you had heavy water damage, it can be quite a bit of work, and it needs to be done quickly. Hire your local emergency restoration services to do the hard work for you to ensure it is done properly.