Effective Tips for Cleaning Up Your Home After Water Damage

In 2017, Hurricane Irma passed directly over our house in Central Florida. It was a pretty scary time for us, but in the end, we were thankful that the only major damage to our property was some wind-driven rain that entered our back bedroom and soaked (then molded) the carpet. As a result of all that, I’m very familiar with issues that unwelcome water can cause to a home. (It also stays in the forefront of my mind because my husband works in homeowners insurance and is always sharing his nightmare claim stories with me!)

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So let’s look at this a bit more closely:

There can be several causes for flooding and water damage, including torrential rainfall, sewer issue, broken sump-pump, burst pipe, or damaged appliance. No matter the cause, the effect is devastating and unbearable. Water damage can ruin your furnishings, the structure and foundation, and other prized possessions occupying your house. 

However, if you are able to move quickly and efficiently, you can minimize the damage and restore your home without spending heavily. Your effectiveness also depends upon the intensity of the water flooding, as in how long the water has been clogged. If you follow our cleaning and restoration tips post water damage, you will be able to save the carpets, electronics, upholsteries, and other non-porous objects to a great extent.

Remember to click sufficient pictures of the damage as evidence and call up the insurance company before you start restoring. If the flooding is contaminated, please seek the aid of a professional Water Damage Restoration Company.

Also remember to disconnect all electrical connections, such as the mainboard, unplug cords of the electronics,  and move out furniture and other prized possessions. 

Getting Rid of the Water

Once you have switched off the electrical connection, try to get rid of as much water as possible. If power if back, you can vacuum and suck the water from the area or try to follow the traditional method of throwing away water using bucket, towels, and mops. If the sewer is functioning well, you can throw the water down the drain. If your basement is flooding and you do not have a sump-pump, first rent one and clear the water clogged from the basement before you start operating any electronic upstairs. This will prevent you from receiving an electric shock. 

Dry Out and Dehumidify the Area

Once you have removed the excess water, try to dry up the carpets and other damp parts of the house with a blow drier or a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. Use industrial fans if you can, ventilate the area by keeping all the windows and doors open more than 24 hours, and circulate as much air as possible. Additionally, use a dehumidifier to suck off excess humid in the air. This will stop mold-growing bacteria from thriving. 

Sanitize the Area

When everything is dried out, disinfect the areas that were touched by the floodwater with a high-quality bacteria killer. Areas that ought to be sanitized include the utensils, furniture, walls, and woods.

Fight Mold Growth

The final thing you must take care of is preventing the house from mold attack. You can use a store brought chemical or make your own DIY solution using vinegar or sodium bicarbonate. Once the area is dried out, spray the solution on the parts of the house that are prone to mold growth, including carpets, furniture, walls, and floors. Make sure you apply a thin layer on the surface from time to time to prevent future mold attack. 

Don’t hold any belonging dear that has been affected by water damage, especially if the flooding contained sewer and harmful chemical. Throw away and discard all beyond-repair items into the dumpster as soon as possible to eliminate contamination and infection spread. 

Have you ever dealt with water damage in your home?

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3 thoughts on “Effective Tips for Cleaning Up Your Home After Water Damage

  1. My husband and I recently had our basement flooded because our water heater started leaking and we couldn’t figure out how to fix it in time so we are trying to figure out how to best clean it all up. I appreciate that you mentioned that once you have removed the excess water you should try to dry up the carpets and other damp parts of the house. I think that it would be smart to hire a water restoration company that could help us clean everything up and dry everything out so that we could know it will be done right and that it will look better by the end of the process too.

  2. I like that this article explains how it’s important to switch off all electrical connections before trying to remove the water. In order to make sure it’s done correctly and safely, it would probably be a good idea to contact a local company that offers water damage removal services. Working with a professional could ensure that everything is done correctly the first time so you can prevent further damage or other issues.

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