Recovering from flooding requires dealing with flood damage to everything inside, removing impacted water, and dealing with mold-affected materials. As you work your way through the flood restoration process, make sure you take the necessary precautions. Be sure to check that the building’s structural integrity has not already been compromised. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as protective clothing, eye goggles, and respirators.
The next step in flood recovery is to clean up contaminated areas of the building. When it comes to dealing with the health effects of flooding on the occupants, you are required to wear protective clothing that can protect you from the potentially hazardous fumes and odors. Don’t forget the need to remove all carpets and upholstery, including furniture, tables and chairs. To minimize contamination, it’s recommended that you use only approved chemicals, which will make the job easier for the professionals.
Once you have completed your cleanup efforts, you need to remove as much water as possible. If the water level has risen too high, it is important to use a pump or a mechanical device to force the water to the lowest point possible and out of the building. Once it’s removed, the next step involves dealing with all affected materials. Some of the materials you’ll need to deal with include carpets, drywall, insulation and ceiling tiles.
It is vital that you use a HEPA vacuum in dealing with these materials because you do not want any mold or mildew to be released into the air. You also don’t want moisture to be left behind in the carpet fibers, as this can cause mold to grow. Also, it is best to remove damaged furnishings and other items such as couches and upholstered furniture before they become damaged by water. This way, you’ll avoid having to replace them when you’re not covered.
Flood remediation isn’t complete without dealing with the structural integrity of the building. After the water has been removed, ensure the foundation is level again. If the ground is sinking, the entire building must be re-leveled and you need to use a stabilization system, such as rebar and concrete to support the weight.
Flood remediation does take some time, but it can be completed successfully with the right tools and the proper safety measures. If you are a homeowner and have a flood restoration contractor, make sure you discuss what precautions you can take with them prior to the work. Prior to the work, you may be asked to pay for certain items that you might not otherwise be able to afford.