Understanding What Needs To Be Done In Case Your Home Gets Flooded
Your Home Flooded, So Now What?
Having to deal with a flooded home can be a challenging task for any homeowner. If replacing damaged items was not enough, you must worry about mold as well. Since it is common for a home in the Ashland area to have flooding problems, it is extremely important to know what to do if you experience one. Let us look at some procedures that you need to follow to minimize the damage and prevent mold.
Inspect the Damage
Start by clearing out the house. Once the house is clean, start inspecting and documenting the damage for insurance purposes. This step is important otherwise, you might get less money than you deserve. Do not forget to take pictures of every damaged item in the flooded area.
Remove the Water
Do you have a pump or a wet vacuum? You will need it for this step. You need to remove the stagnant water really fast to prevent the chances of mold. Use the equipment we mentioned to extract all the water from any place where it could be pooling. Look at the basement, it is commonplace from where the damage starts spreading. Remember to ensure that the source of the flooding has been dried up and does not allow any more water to come in.
Dry It All Quickly
Now, you need to dry the area as fast as possible to prevent mold spores from getting the moisture it needs to thrive. You use air-conditioners, fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters for this. There is no time to lose here. If you can get everything dry within the first couple of days, the chance of creating mold growth will minimal.
Throw Away Any Damaged Item
Now, make a list of all the items you need to throw away, anything that is soaked and cannot be dried needs to go for the same reason as above. You do not want it to spread moisture and give mold a chance to spread.
Even if you think you have things under control, it might not be true. You need to be careful and stay alert. Look out for persistent dampness and signs of mold. For the next couple of weeks, keep all your rooms’ humidity in check and search every hidden corner for signs of mold. Try to notice that “moldy” smell even if you cannot see physical signs of molds.
Call a Professional
Even if you think you can do all the steps by yourself, there are so many trivial things you might overlook. Start by getting professionals like AdvantaClean of the Tri-State to help you with basement encapsulation to prevent future damages. AdvantaClean can also help you with the clean up followed by inspecting and negating any chances of mold.