Flood Restoration is not only concerned with removing the floodwater and preventing further flooding. It also takes care of other damages. In the case of severe flooding, there are certain precautions that must be taken before and during the flood cleanup.
Immediately after the flood, you should take steps to prevent the possible long term effects of the flood water, such as short-term or permanent damage to your home. Flood restoration is essentially the entire process of cleaning, decontaminating, and preparing the home for subsequent repairs.
Flood restoration takes a variety of steps from the moment the water reaches the house, through the entire cleanup process. Depending on the type of flood that occurred, the flood restoration methods may vary widely, but the basic procedure involves several steps:
Floodwater and debris removal. The first thing you need to do is remove all of the floodwater from the entire home. Make sure to thoroughly dry out all the rooms, and vacuum the floor in order to get out any remaining water. This will ensure that everything is clean and ready for any repairs.
Cleanup of the home. This is usually where the cleanup starts, since water can still seep into any cracks in the walls, ceilings, or floors.
Decontamination of the home. As soon as you have completely removed the floodwater, you have to begin your flood damage cleanup. You’ll have to clean and vacuum the inside of the house, including carpets, rugs, and furniture, and any areas that could have sustained damage due to water. You will also need to make sure that all bathrooms, kitchens, and toilets in the house are disinfected.
Make sure to clean out any leaks from all plumbing outlets and ensure that all faucets, toilets, and showers are working properly. If you have damaged gas lines, you may have to shut off the gas supply to the house as well.
Make sure to clean out any cabinets, closets, or drawers that may contain items that might have become wet due to water. You will also need to make sure that the interior of the house is ready for further flood damage restoration.
After flood restoration has been completed, you will have to wait until it’s time to start repairing and remodeling your home. Once the cleanup has been completed, and the interior of the house is clean and ready, you will be able to begin the process of restoring the rest of the house.
Mold Restoration and Remodeling. After you’ve finished your flood restoration, you will need to repair any interior damage that resulted from the flood, and then start preparing the rest of the home for a new look. You may need to replace doors and windows, and other areas that have been severely affected by water.
Remodify mold. Once you’ve done these things, you will have to make sure that the mold is totally gone. If there was flooding, this can take some time. Since mold can be a breeding ground for various types of bacteria, you may need to make sure that all possible sources of water have been cleaned out.
You will also need to make sure that all carpet and upholstery are completely dry and clean, so that you can move the furniture back into place. Also, make sure that you vacuum and wash any furniture in the room, and that your carpets and rugs are spotless.
Mold and mildew will still be present, so you will have to make sure that all possible sources of moisture have been eliminated as much as possible. Make sure that you use a deodorizer to keep the area clean and odor-free to prevent new growth of mold spores.