Top Ways to Properly Clean Your Home After Water Damage
A flooded home, no matter how severe, can present numerous difficulties. Often, the first thoughts are about if insurance will cover the water damage and how to replace sentimental items. These are both common, but ultimately, the biggest priority is your family’s safety.
If your family is safe, you will be able to overcome the adversity that the flood has caused, and fix up any plumbing issues that lead to it. It may take time, effort, and money, but it can and will happen!
We have put together a few tips to help minimize the water damage and to outline your plan of action in the event of a flood. Keep reading for more information!
The Causes of Flooding
When most people think of flooding, they think of natural causes like heavy rains, hurricanes, snow that melts too quickly, or tsunamis that take place overseas. However, most people don’t realize that a common source of flooding is within their own homes!
Plumbing problems account for a high number of flooding occurrences across the United States. These issues can range from leaking pipes and water heaters, clogged drains and sewer lines, faulty washing machine hoses, and burst pipes whether or not they froze.
The good news about these causes is that they are preventable and the damage can be minimized. If you happen to notice an issue with your plumbing that is out of the norm, the best thing to do is call Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Inc. We can help reduce the risk of flooding by repairing any issues before it’s too late!
Cleaning up After The Flood
The first thing to do after your home has flooded is ensuring that it is safe for your return. This is simply done by having a professional inspect your electrical outlets and wiring.
Once you receive the ‘okay,’ it’s time to get the water out. Removing water can be done by using a pump, or if most of it has drained, by using towels and mops.
After the majority of water is out of your home, survey the damage. This will include looking at the floors, drywall, furniture, cabinets, bathtubs, and toilets. Although it may seem like cabinets, tubs, and toilets have not sustained any damage, the problem is what lies under them.
Water could have seeped through cracks and if it is left alone, could be the source of mold. There is a chance that you won’t need to replace these items, but a contractor should at least check them out.
Air Scrubbers to The Rescue
While your home is being repaired, you will likely notice an influx of construction dust and smells of chemicals.
What you might not notice is the smell of mold. All three of these issues can make breathing dangerous which is why an air scrubber is advised.
Air scrubbers will be able to actually clean the air of dust particles, fumes, and mold spores. These machines are not just to eliminate odors, but make the air in your home safer and less hospitable to mold.