Home Water Damage Restoration - How to Clean Up Quickly After the Storm

February 16, 2022

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Water damage has caused traumas to over 40% homes in the United States. Porous roofs, bad plumbing, malfunctioning washers, and broken water heaters are common reasons for these problems. 

Natural disasters like flooding and hurricanes inflict wreckage on homes on differing degrees of severity. 

According to HomeAdvisor, homeowners pay between $1,234 to $5,224 to renovate and repair water damage. 

Numerous homeowners feel helpless in the face of a water damage crisis, especially when the floor is still swamped. Although the situation may feel hopeless, you are expected to quickly snap back from water damage. The first move is to stay untroubled. Keep your cool and figure out where to start with water damage cleanup.

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Safety First

The safety of you and your household should be prioritized. You can start by turning off the power to the whole building or the affected area with standing water. The combination of live electricity and water is hazardous. After that, you close the main water bay valve to help the water system from getting polluted. 

During the flooding incident, you may also want to turn off the gas. Check and dispose of any damaged food to avoid food poisoning from accidental eating. Wade through a flooded ground with care, particularly if the water is murky. Underneath the water, there could be pointed objects. When walking on an engulfed floor, put on strong waterproof boots. 

As a homeowner, it's pivotal to identify places water can seriously spoil within your home. To be secure, always check all spots for damages, namely:

  • Drywall 
  • Plaster 
  • Insulation 
  • Wood 
  • Framing 
  • Floor coverings 
  • Electrical wiring 
  • Pipes 
  • Appliances 
  • HVAC 

Get the right PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) before starting the work. 

  1. Hard hats 
  2. Goggles 
  3. N95 mask
  4. Heavy work gloves
  5. Boots that are waterproof combined with steel toe and insole
  6. Earplugs or defensive headphones
  7. At least two fire extinguishers are made available. (each with a UL standing of at least 10A) 
  8. Rubber boots 

Start with a clear mindset and an understandable goal.  

  • When moving big or large things, have crews of at least two persons work together. Lifting anything heavier than 50 pounds should be avoided (per person). 
  • Determine which remittal tasks are most important and prioritize them. You will less likely feel exhausted this way. 
  • Get support from relations, musketeers, counselors, or therapists. 
  • Avoid contact with power lines, and take care to avoid trees or branches hooked under something else. 
  • In the hot season, try to stay cool by taking breaks in relaxed areas or cool apartments, drinking water and nonalcoholic fluids frequently, and wearing light and loose-befitting apparel. 
  • Engage in outdoor activities during cooler hours.
  • Wash and dry your home snappily after the storm or deluge ends within 24 to 48 hours if possible. 
  • Open your windows and door to air out your house when necessary. Fans dry wet places, therefore, position fans to blow air out through doors and windows. 
  • Throw away anything that you can't clean or dry snappily ( similar to mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, hairpieces, upholstered cabinetwork, cosmetics, stuffed creatures, baby toys, pillows, froth-rubber particulars, wall coverings, books and paper products). 
  • Remove and get rid of drywall and insulation that has been defiled with sewage or floodwaters. 
  • Leaks from the roof must be fixed—likewise walls or plumbing. 
  • Remember that anything with contact with floodwater could carry germs. To keep your children secure, make sure their toys are clean.
  • Make a cleaning fluid by mixing 1 mug of bleach in 5 gallons of water. 
  • Wash off toys precisely with your cleanser and let the toys air dry. It's unlikely to kill germs on some toys — like stuffed animals and baby toys. Throw out toys you can't clean. 
  • Wash up with a cleanser and water once you're done cleaning.
  • In a situation of a boil-water advisory in effect. Use water that has been boiled for a duration of 1 minute ( allow the water to cool before washing); or  Use water that's been disinfected for particular hygiene. 
  •  Use 5%-9% unscented liquid home chlorine bleach. 
  • If you carry open cuts or blisters exposed to floodwater, wash them with clean water and administer an antibiotic ointment to prevent an infection.
  • Wash all clothes worn during the cleaning with heated water and soap. These clothes should be washed independently from polluted clothes and linens. 

 

 Potential Hazards 

 Be careful when entering damaged structures. 

  • Avoid any damaged structures or structures until a structure inspector or other government authority has looked at it and certified that it's safe. 
  • Leave your home or other structure if you hear any shifting or weird noises-this might mean it's close to falling. 
  • If you smell gas, suspect a leak, leave your house/ structure and contact emergency authorities instantly! Don't turn on the lights, light matches, smoke, or engage in anything that can bring about a spark. Don't return to the structure until you're told it's safe. 

 Be aware of any electrical hazards. 

  • If electrical circuits and appliances have gotten wet or not far from water, disconnect off the power supply at the main switch box or fuse on the service panel. However, call an electrician to switch it off, If you want to stand in the water in order to access the main power switch.
  • Avoid switching the power on and off or using any electrical object while in the water.

 Be careful with dangerous materials.

  • Call the fire service department to examine or remove chemicals, propane tanks, and other dangerous materials. 
  • Wear defensive apparel and tackle (for illustration, a respirator if demanded) when dealing with dangerous materials. 
  • Wash skin that already has close contact with harmful materials.

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Verdict

According to HomeAdvisor, water clean-up per square foot is $3.75 to $7. Repairs are high, and it's around $450 to $7000. Water damage has caused losses to over 40% of households in the United States. After a severe storm, you need to identify damages, don't panic, try to  prevent electric shocks. Throw out un-repairable and non-dryable clothes, toys etc., start cleaning with appropriate PPE with the help of your family or friends. The service of an expert in extremely invaluable for water cleanup.

Call Sarasota Water Damage Restoration for professional help with your water damage cleanup after a storm!

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