However this is also not always possible for some reason or another. The most convenient way for a homeowner to deal with a flood is to go on the phone and call a water damage restoration company to come in and do all the dirty work.
You need to follow the following procedures for proper and safe water damage restoration:
First you should check your home for any structural damages that may make it dangerous for you to proceed with the water damage restoration yourself. After you are certain your home is structurally sound, you can the pick up all the things that you will need for the project. You need to purchase or rent a sump pump and a wet vacuum. You would also need to purchase safety gears for water damage restoration work such as rubber boots, rubber gloves, splash goggles and a face mask. You should also get all the cleaning materials that you need if you still don’t have them in your home. You will need sponges, cleaning solutions, bleach, brushes and other cleaning materials that would be appropriate for use with the furniture and other materials you will be cleaning in your home.
Mark the wall where the new water level is after pumping out water each day and then check the following day if the flood water has risen. This is one great danger when doing water damage restoration on your own so be extra careful. When you get home, turn off the main electricity switch to your home. This is important especially when you are pumping out water from a flooded basement. You can not work with electrical appliances while your home is still flooded. This will prevent you and members of your family from getting electrocuted.
When you begin pumping the water out of your home, try to see if there are cracks on the wall and if they are getting any bigger as you take the water out. You should also have all electrical installations checked by a licensed electrician before you should resume to using electric power. Put all garbage and debris in heavy duty plastic bags.
You need to discard carpets, rugs, mattresses and other absorbent material that have been completely soaked in flood for more than 24 hours especially if the water contains sewage water You will need to sanitize all these surfaces as well using a good commercial cleaner or a chlorine solution.
The surrounding areas may still be soaked in water and may be pushing your walls in. If your basement is completely flooded you should only remove a few feet of water each day. After removing all the flood water, shovel out all the dirt. Then wash the floors, walls and all surfaces that came in contact with the flood water.