Floods can badly damage flooring, drywall, carpet, clothing and furniture. Homeowners often become helpful and find themselves wading in the water, tearing down the drywall and ripping up expensive carpets right after a flood hits their home. Floodwater can devastatingly destroy the home leaving the occupants with a huge mess that they have to clean up before repairing or rebuilding can be done. As a natural disaster strikes any area, the people of that area have to wait for a few days to get help from the remediation companies to help them manage the condition of their home. Be it a fire damage clean up in Arlington Heights and Chicago IL or flood damage clean up, calling a professional service is a must. However, homeowners have to apply some techniques before the aid arrives. Here are the most effective tips to follow until a professional comes and takes care of the home.
- Drying up the home is utmost important to avoid mold growth. Open the doors and windows, set up fans to ease air circulation. No fascinating equipment is needed to be used to blow the air outside. Just a box fan, oscillating fan or any fan can do this wonder.
- Tear up and discard any water-soaked carpets as well as padding as pads and carpets are never salvageable. Mold often grows in dark and wet places without any air circulation. So it’s a must to blow air against perimeter walls to keep the mold from growing.
- Dry out the home with a wet-dry shop vacuum, sump pump or water transfer pump to eliminate standing water. Wearing a pair of rubber boots is a must while standing in the wet area. Open the doors and windows as already mentioned and use fans for better air circulation. If the vents are exposed to water, call a HVAC contractor to check the ducts and avoid accidents.
- Remove what can’t be saved. This is the key to flood restoration in Des Plaines and Evanston IL. Along with carpets and padding as already suggested, throwing away any water-soaked items is worth as they can never be restored, disinfected or repaired. Apart from carpets and pads, upholstered furniture, rugs, mattresses, cosmetics, baby toys, pillows, books, foam-rubber items, wall coverings and any paper products soaked in flood water must be removed immediately to avoid mold growth as well as infections that are very likely to spread while there is stagnant water inside the home due to a flood.
- Now it comes to hiring a mold remediation professional when there is an area more than 10 square feet affected by mold growth. But if the area is less, DIY techniques can be applied to clean it up. To remove mold, clean hard surface with a mixture of hot water and dish or laundry detergent. Now disinfect the area with 10% bleach solution and apply a thin coat of the solution on the affected area. A sponge or sprayer can be used for this purpose. However, don’t use excessive runoff or standing pool. Don’t mix ammonia and bleach as they create a toxic gas. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves, boots, goggles and proper respiratory mask while cleaning mold.