With seasonal flooding in full-swing throughout much of the US, it's a good idea to get prepared for the possibility that your home could be affected. Do you know what to do if your home is flooded? Do you know what steps to take to prevent mold growth? If you answered no to either of those questions, here are some steps that will help you through the process:
1. Shut the Power Off
If your home is flooded, the first thing you need to do is shut off the power. This is particularly true if the water level is coming anywhere near your electrical outlets. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, which means you run the risk of electrocution if you step into water that's come in contact with a hot outlet. Before you do any cleanup, make sure the power is off. If you're not sure how to do that safely, contact your electric company as soon as possible. They'll come out and turn the electricity off for you.
2. Assess the Damage
Once you have the power turned off, you'll need to walk through your home and assess the damage. Take complete notes about all the damage you can identify, including damage to your home and personal property. You'll need the documentation to file an insurance claim.
3. Clear the Water Out
If you still have standing water in your home, you'll need to remove that as quickly as possible. There are a couple of ways you can get rid of the water. First, use sump pumps – submersible pumps – to remove the majority of the water. The pumps are beneficial when you have large quantities of standing water. Once you've removed a majority of the water, you can bring in the shop vacuums to remove the rest of it. Shop vacuums are also beneficial in areas that didn't experience significant flooding. Try to remove as much of the water as possible. This will help prevent mold growth and will make the drying time go faster.
4. Dry Things Out
After you've removed as much of the water as possible, you'll be able to start drying things out. This is the part of the process that will help ensure the elimination of mold growth. To start the drying process, you should remove all baseboard from the affected areas. This will help you dry the areas between the foundation and the drywall. It will also help dry the areas behind the walls. To dry things out quickly, you should bring in several industrial fans. These fans will ensure even drying throughout the house. It's also a good idea to use dehumidifiers to help remove mold-causing moisture from your home.
If you're expecting heavy rains through your area, the time to prepare for flooding is now. If your home is flooded, use the tips provided here to get things cleaned up quickly. For significant water damage, be sure to contact a water damage restoration company in your area. Contact a company like Minnesota Disaster Restoration Services if you have other questions or concerns about water damage repair in your home.