House flooding from heavy rains can cause untold damage. It can ruin the structure of the house and most of your valuable possessions. Another concern is flood water contains lots of mud and many contaminants that can pollute the house environment. Swift action in fixing the water damage to your home can not only minimize the destruction but also help save some of your valuable possessions. Because you might lack the expertise to carry out the cleanup work, it’s advisable that you contact a professional water damage company to handle the situation. Here is a step by step house flooding cleanup process:
The cleanup process by the experts begins with an in-depth examination and evaluation of the entire house. This is to determine the scope of damage so that an appropriate action plan can be determined.
This step also helps in stopping it the source of water issue. Flood water may still be flowing in to the house and this has to be stopped before commencement of other activities relating to the cleanup. After this, water samples can be tested for any contamination including those caused by bacteria and contaminants.
This step ensures that bulk of the water in a home is removed through extraction. This is done to help prevent secondary issues like mold. The type of machinery to be used depends on the extent of the problem. If the impact of damage is small, then simple tools are enough to empty the water, but if the effect of damage is great, then powerful submersible pumps in addition to trucks mounted vacuum unit that can quickly and easily remove thousands of gallons of water in a short time can be used. The process might also entail the use of Infrared cameras to detect hidden water behind ceilings and walls as well as hygrometers moisture detectors to measure the extent of moisture saturation.
After the water is removed the walls and floors may look dry and fine at a glance, but this isn’t the case. Most building materials are porous and thus retains a significant quantity of water. The retained water cause the affected materials to swell, warp, and at times break down. Specialized tools including dehumidifiers and industrial air movers are used to remove this retained water in the building materials and the hard-to-access parts of the house. De-humidification ensures removal of retained moisture through temperature and humidity manipulation.
This includes professional cleaning of a householder or the occupant’s belongings like clothing, upholstery, furniture, and other personal effects damaged by water. Water damage as a result of flooding often requires deodorization treatment and odor removal since wet materials do have unpleasant smell.
Damaged materials and items will need to be removed and disposed of according to local authority guidelines. Professionals handling the process are well versed with these guidelines.
This is the final step in the water cleanup process, and it involves restoring a premise to its previous condition. It might require minor repair and installing new carpet or major repairs such as the reconstruction of different areas or rooms in a premise.
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