Flood Cleanup & Storm Surge Cleanup
House floods are terrible, catastrophic, and unfortunately, common in many parts of Louisiana. While the destructive power of water is amazing to look at from afar, when it starts inching its way up to your doorstep that same water becomes your nightmarish reality.
After the flood waters have decreased, trying to pick up and put back the pieces of your life and property may seem daunting, but if you follow the right steps and put in some hard work, you can make your home livable again. The following is a guide to removing water from your home, and making it home again.
Flood Water Contact Rules
You should always assume that flood water is contaminated; meaning you need to wear appropriate gear when cleaning up your home and follow strict guidelines of how to deal with items that have come into contact with the water. Some of the most important rules to follow are:
- Wear waders or waterproof boots, goggles and gloves.
- Keep children and senior citizens away from flood water.
- Disinfect after removing water.
- Clean and protect any bodily scratches and cuts.
- Bury any fecal matter you discover immediately.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before touching your eyes and mouth or eating anything.
- After cleanup of flood water, wash all clothes worn separately in hot water and detergent.
- Throw away any food that have been in contact with floodwater (including canned goods).
Manage a Drainage Environment
When a flood affects you, it will saturate a city’s drainage capacity or drainage system. Most times cities will have their drainage system up and running and capable of draining away remaining water. You will want to make sure that your home’s drains are clear of debris and that the water in and around your foundation has a clear path to the city sewage systems. This includes making sure the street gutters are not blocked with debris. Leaves and trash will accumulate around your drainage system or gutters in the street, preventing water from draining. Keeping this area clear of debris will ensure the water recedes at a quicker pace.
Removing Flood Water from a Home
The first step when recovering from a flood is removing any water that is inside your home. Buckets, wet/dry vacs, water pumps, it does not matter how; just that you get out as much of the standing water in your home ASAP.
Drying & Dehumidifying Your Home
Once all of the standing water has been removed, you can begin drying out your house and your possessions. If the weather cooperates, remove anything that can be dried in the sun outside to dry. Open all of your windows and doors to let the trapped moisture escape when the weather is nice. Place fans in wet/damp areas and invest in a dehumidifier (possibly several) to remove the humidity from your home. Completely removing all moisture will prevent mold from causing serious problems in the future. This is much easier said than done as you must remove baseboards, shower trays, and anything that has space beneath or behind it.
Cleanup of Your Home
With everything dry, walls open and exposed, cleanup can begin. Ensure that mildew and mold do not grow by using basic cleaners with some warm water, wash down and rinse clear all affected areas. Again, let air blow on these cleaned areas to dry them. After cleaning, you can apply a mold inhibitor or a mold cleaner to make sure mildew and mold won’t grow.
Remember to take your time, follow the right steps and get help. Removing flood water from your home is stressful at the best of times, but with the proper equipment, you can make your home ready to live in even after something as terrible as a flood.
In the Gulf Coast region, flooding can occur as a result of extreme weather like hurricanes and severe storms, and can inflict severe water damage to your property. DryMax Restoration provides flood water damage services such as water removal, flood damage repair and flood restoration services in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Opelousas, Broussard and Alexandria areas.