Flood can easily destroy houses, leaving homeowners to wade through the water to rip down carpets and drywall after it hits. But after a flood hits, residents must first clean up their houses before they can to proceed to repairs.
If your area is hit by a natural disaster such as flooding, you may have to wait for days before repair companies can respond to you. So while you are waiting, below are a few things you can do on your own to deal with the flood damage in Calgary.
Turn off the power.
Make sure that you isolate the power in your house by tripping the main circuit-breaker. If you are going to use power tools in your cleanup, use battery-operated tools instead of 240 volts tools. You can also use a generator if needed. This is to ensure that no one in your house gets electrocuted for electrical connections may have been damaged by the flood.
Walk around your home.
After evacuating your home from a flood, don’t rush back inside your home. Make sure to check the area of your property for damaged gas lines, fallen or lose power lines and cracks in the foundation. Another area to check is the roof, check for damaged shingles that may need repairs. And if there are trees around your home, carefully check if they are stable.
Start clean-up quickly.
Another important thing to keep in mind after a flood is mould growth. It is imperative to have all item in your house dried within 48 hours. The longer they remain damp, the more mould will grow. You can start by opening windows and using dehumidifiers and fans to promote air circulation.
Salvage and clean carpeting.
After a flood, it would be best to remove carpets and rugs to have professionals clean them. If only a part of your carpet or rug is wet, you can just use a wet-dry vacuum to dry them. After which you can hire professionals to clean after they are dry. You can also use fans in speeding up the drying process.
Depending on the damage, you may have to remove your carpeting to completely dry up the padding and floor. And, it may be better to replace the padding to avoid mould and mildew. Make sure to use disinfectant spray after cleaning and drying.
For small appliances like oven toasters and coffee makers, make sure to check if there are exposed wires. For bigger appliances like fridges, washer and ranges, call professionals to check the wires and components.
Open up the fridge.
Contents in your fridge like meats, dairy and leftovers must be thrown away after 48 hours. It’s okay to save condiments. Contents in your freezer are safe for roughly 48 hours, anything perishable after 2 days must be thrown away.
Clean clothing — twice.
For fabrics that are washable, you can wash them in cool water with powdered detergents. Powdered laundry detergents are great for removing dirt and clay while cool water helps by making sure stains don’t settle.
After this initial step, wash them again this time using hot water that’s safe for fabrics with powdered laundry detergent and either all-fabric bleach or chlorine. After making sure all stains are removed, air dry them. For garments that are non-washable, you can take them to a dry cleaner.
Contact a restoration Calgary if your home has been flooded as they’ll be able to get you back on track in no time.