How to Clean Up After a Flood

We recently suffered a flood at the headquarters. Cleaning up after a flood is never easy and in our case we had to call in professional backup for water damage Atlanta services (since we’re in Atlanta, GA).  Depending on the intensity of the flooding and the severity of the damage, you may not be able to clean up on your own. It is always better to hire a professional to clean up after a flood. Cleaning is only a part of the entire challenge. You would have to deal with the stagnated water, mold growth, bacterial infections, allergies and you would have to restore all your possessions. Water damage restoration is not easy and you will have to hire a professional.

Dealing With Your Insurance Company

Before you clean up after a flood, you should check with your insurance company if you have property insurance. You would need to document the cleanup or record the damages caused for claims. Without substantial evidence, insurance companies will not yield to your claims.

Here is a brief guide to clean up after a flood.

Removal of Water

A picture of a flooded house in new jersey
A flooded home in New Jersey

Get rid of the water first. Use a pump as that would make it easy. Manual removal of stagnated water is time consuming, laborious and it would do no good to your property and your possessions. After you get rid of the water, you have to get rid of the mud. The mud would be contaminated so don’t touch it or use any soft materials to clean it. Use shovels to remove the mud. Use sprayers to remove mud from walls and furniture. Don’t scrape.

Disinfection and Decontamination

Once you have got rid of the water and mud, you need to disinfect your home. Remember, every part of your home must be disinfected, even if it was not directly under water or in contact. Microbial growth is not restricted to the areas that are directly affected by water. Moisture buildup in any part of your home will facilitate mold and bacteria. Use a disinfectant and fresh hot water. You should also use a heavy duty cleaner in the same solution so you don’t have to repeat the process again. Use chlorine for an effective cleanup.

After cleaning your home, you should take every item that has been in direct contact with the water. From the silverware to utensils, dinnerware to all washable furniture, you should use a chlorine solution, hot water and air drying to disinfect. You should hire a professional to restore the furniture, carpets and any other object that you cannot clean on your own. You will not be able to air dry everything. Place them outside and let the sun work its magic.

Final Water Damage Inspection

Once you have cleaned up your home and everything in it, you should still seek professional help to inspect if the property is restored properly. Moisture buildup may not be visible always. You may notice mold growth later.