Steps In Flood Water Removal

Posted on: 23 January 2015

Flooding can cause a lot of damage to a home if the water is not removed right away. The longer water sits, the worse the damage can be. If you have had a flood situation occur where you have standing water in your home, you will want to take the proper steps in removal, drying and clean up before you are able to use the area again. Here are some instructions to aid you in the process of flood water restoration.

Checking Out The Damage

When you first look at the damaged area, you will want to grab anything that may have a chance of being saved. Take any furniture out of the water and place upside-down outdoors so it will have a chance to drip-dry. Electronics are most likely going to be ruined, but if the water did not have a chance to sit for very long, you can try to open them, allowing air to reach the inside components in an attempt to salvage them.

Getting Ready

Turn off any electrical supply to the room that has been flooded to avoid any safety issues. When working with sitting water, you will want to protect your skin. Wear gloves, rubber boots or waders when removing the water.

Water Removal Process

If you are able to find electric to supply a water pump, you will be able to use it to pump the water from the area quickly. Car adapters are available at electronics and home goods stores to convert power from your vehicle's cigarette lighter. You would be able to use an extension cord to power the pump.

If there is no electrical supply, you will need to use buckets to remove the water. Whichever method you use, you will want to make sure the water being taken from the house will be redirected in an area downward from the foundation of the home. You do not want to risk having it get back inside.

Drying Process

After you have removed as much water as you can, use towels to sop up excess that the pump or bucket could not handle. Keep the windows and doors to the room open to allow the air to cross-ventilate the area. When power is restored, you can use area fans and a dehumidifier to further dry the room.

Cleaning Process

When everything in the room has dried, you need to clean the areas that water have touched in order to decontaminate the surfaces. Bacteria and mold are present in floodwater. To remove, use a 50/50 mixture of water and bleach to remove germs. Afterward, spray all surfaces with a mold or mildew remover. Contact a company like Complete Restoration Services for more information or further assistance.


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