How YOU Can Help After a Flood
After a flood, the cleanup can be over whelming. Luckily there are ways you can prepare for a content cleaning without adding on extra stress.
Here are four steps to dealing with the impact of a storm on your home.
How To Remove Water
Content cleaning can’t begin until after you have removed the water from your home. Keep in mind that you should never try to remove the water yourself. A specialist can do this safely and effectively without you having to worry about handling every drop of moisture.
How To Assess Damage
With the water extracted, it’s time to take stock of what’s been damaged or lost in the flood. Look for signs of mold and mildew on walls and furniture. You should make two separate lists: one for what should be tossed out and another for what can be saved.
What To Throw Away
If the item has a porous surface or has sat in black water for too long, you may have to throw it away. Contents typically on this list include:
• Stuffed animals
Additionally, you will probably have to throw out all paper products.
What To Keep
While paper products should almost always be discarded, if you have an item of significant or sentimental value, you can have a freeze-drying contractor preserve the item. Aside from that, the kinds of items that you can save are generally the ones with non-porous surfaces or that weren’t touched by the flood waters. If it can be cleaned, you may be able to save it.
A home flooded with black water can be stressful and difficult to deal with. It’s important that you don’t hesitate, however, when it comes to content cleaning. After all, damage can become worse if you let it sit. It’s best to deal with it as quickly as you can.