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Getting Your Home Back Into Livable Condition After A Flood

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If you have sustained a flood condition in your home, you will want to do whatever necessary to remove the water, avoiding excess damage in the process. The longer water sits in a home, the more damage there will be to have repaired. You will want to work quickly to get water removed. Here are some instructions to use when trying to restore the interior of your home after a flood condition.

Trying To Salvage Items

When you first take a look at the damage, take out any items that you believe may be able to be saved if they are dried thoroughly. If the items have not been under water for long there is a chance that you may be able to save some of them. Furniture should be placed in an upside-down position so that the water drains from the item. Any electronics will need to be disassembled so the interior can be dried in hopes of it still working.

Removing Water

You will want to have extra people available to help you remove water from the interior of your home if you are using a bucket method. Make sure everyone has appropriate clothing on so that water does not touch their skin, as there can be harmful contaminants or bacteria present. 

If you have means to plug in a water pump, the water removal process will be much easier. There are attachments that can be used in your vehicle cigarette lighter that will convert power as an electrical source. You can buy this in a home goods store or hardware store and it may make the process run smoother.

When removing water from your home, make sure it is redirected in an area far from the foundation so it does not have a way to seep back inside. Direct to an area lower than the level of your foundation.

Drying The Area

After the water has been removed, you will need to dry the interior of your home. If you have carpeting, you may want to hire a professional carpet cleaner to make sure that all moisture is removed, making the chance for mold much less. You will want to remove any decaying pieces of drywall as they can harbor areas of mold, as well.

When power is restored, you will be able to use fans throughout the area. Until then, you will want to keep the windows and doors open so the air will circulate throughout the room, drying it in the process.

Cleaning The Area

After a flood situation, the area will need to be cleaned so any harmful bacteria will not have a chance to spread. There may be mold spores present so a mold and mildew remover should be sprayed on all surfaces where there was water touching. You will also want to clean everything down with a mixture of water and bleach.

Consider hiring water damage restoration contractors for a less-overwhelming process. 

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7 January 2015