Where To Start With Your Flood Damage Cleanup

1 September 2015
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If your home has suffered from flood damage, it is essential that you clean it up right away. This will ensure that mold growth is prevented and your family can live in a healthy and dry environment. However, knowing where to start with your flood damage cleanup can be difficult. Here's how to get started:

  • Hire Professionals: The best thing to do is to hire the professionals before you get started on anything. While they are on their way, you will be able to do the following things that are listed below. This includes removing pretty much everything from your home so that the professionals won't have to work around it and [your home] has a better chance of being salvaged. 
  • Remove Clothing and Linens: The first thing that you should do is remove clothing and linens from the flooded parts of your home. This is because these things are the most easily ruined and there is more of a chance of salvaging them. When you remove them, it's best to take them out in plastic bags and have them laundered. This will ensure that any bacteria is removed from the fabric and you won't have anything to worry about. 
  • Remove Soft Furniture and Rugs: Any soft furniture in your house, such as fabric couches, chairs, area rugs, and more should be removed next. This is the type of furniture that is going to soak up the most water and be extremely difficult to remove. Most likely, this stuff is going to have to be tossed because of the difficultly of extracting water from it. Have someone take all of it to the local dump for you or leave it for the garbage truck to pick up. 
  • Scrub Hard Furniture: Any hard furniture, such as the entertainment center, coffee table, and more will need to be scrubbed thoroughly with soap, water, and a sponge. Do this by hand, but be sure that you are wearing protective gloves to prevent any harmful bacteria from spreading. Most likely, this furniture will be okay after a thorough scrubbing, but some may need to be refurbished with a new paint job that includes sanding down the old paint that may have bubbled from the water exposure. 

By following these steps for starting your flood damage cleanup, you can easily end up with a perfectly salvaged home despite how bad the flood may have been for you and your family. 

For professional flood damage cleanup, contact a company such as All American Repair Services Inc.