The longer water damage is left unattended, the worse the damage will become. Mold, fungus, saturation, and electrical damage will only get worse with time. Here are some important tips to help you clean up after a major flooding event safely and effectively.
Turn the Power Off
Before doing any work, be sure there is no chance that any standing water may be electrified. This it the greatest and most immediate hazard associated with flooding and water damage.
Call the Mold Professionals
When a large bloom of mold or fungus has formed in your home, it can be tempting to tackle it yourself. But doing so can cause toxic spores to be released into the air multiplying the health risks significantly. Get your local mold experts to do the work.
Sort out Damaged Items
Saturated items such as furniture, carpet, sheet rock and millwork, cabinetry and flooring should be removed and thrown away. There is going to be a lot of things that are simply unsalvageable. While you may be tempted to hold on to certain things, remember that mold and structural damage are just not worth the risk.
Hire a Dumpster
Get the largest commercial rental dumpster you can. You are going to have to dispose of an awful lot of material. There’s just no way around it. Having a massive dumpster alleviates the problem of what to do with all of the garbage.
Work With Your Adjuster Closely
When the adjuster visits, make sure you are there. It’s a good idea to have your contractor present as well. They will look at the damage and discuss what it will take to rectify the situation.
Call the Appropriate Specialists
Water remediation specialists, mold specialists, and others can help you to sort out the damage appropriately. Water damage from flooding is a major undertaking and can be extremely complicated. This is not a DIY project. Make sure you call on the right experts to do the job safely and correctly.