You will definitely need a sump pump to pump the water out of your home if there are at least several feet of water. You will have to throw away many things in your home. The method you will use will depend on the severity of the flood in your home. Make sure to document all the damages especially for insurance purposes. You will also need the photos of the damaged items for insurance claims.
When you proceed with the actual procedure, the first step to flood damage cleanup is clearing the water from your home through pumping or draining. You may want to postpone clearing the flood water until you get professional opinion regarding the stability of your home if there are too many wall cracks or if the structural damages to your property are severe.
You will need to make a checklist of several things that you should and shouldn’t do during the whole flood damage cleanup process whichever path you wish to take with the flood damage clean up in your home. And a dust mask or face mask you will need splash goggles, rubber gloves, rain boots with thick soles. You can also use a chlorine solution to sanitize your home by mixing 8 tablespoons of laundry bleach with a gallon of water. It is a difficult process that needs to be done.
Before doing any work on your home you must remember that your family’s safety and health are your priority first. Remember to open all the doors and windows during the flood damage cleanup so that air will circulate and help dissipate any foul odor or fumes in your home Remember not to mix ammonia-based products with chlorine because this will result in dangerous fumes.
Before you clean the entire house make sure you read the labels on the cleaners so that you will know if they will work with the surface or the material of the items you are cleaning. Next, take photos and document all the damaged items that you will be discarding. You need to clean and sanitize the floors and all the surfaces that came in contact with the flood water after you are finished clearing out the water from your home.
Roll up the carpets and take them out of the house together with the furniture that needs to be cleaned and dried. Write down or take photos of the items/materials you are discarding so that you don’t get confused after the clean-up process if you discarded an item or if you might have just misplaced it. You can purchase a sump pump or you can just rent one out from an equipment company.
All the work that you will do during the whole process of flood damage cleanup should therefore revolve around your family’s safety. You will also need a wet vacuum to suck out excess water from the floors, carpets and furniture. Also, do not forget the safety gears.