The weather has never been predictable and weather patterns are becoming more and more erratic. Even with modern technology, elements such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods cannot be predicted. When floods hit, the damage caused to your house and personal belongings can be devastating. Flood waters contain a number of contaminants, one of which is mud – lots of mud.
Your home contents such as appliances, furniture, and carpeting can easily be damaged with just a few inches of water. With a stronger storm system, deeper flood waters and more extreme damage is likely.
SEE ALSO: How to Get Through a Basement Flooding
Cleaning up after a flood can be a hard and tedious process. Here are a few tips on how to clean and sanitize your home after flood damage.
Checking with your insurance company
Immediately after the flood, contact your insurance agent or company and confirm that the company covers flood damage. Before you proceed with cleaning up, list all the visible damage and take as many photos as you can. Insurance companies always insist on having thorough records for claims. You will also need those records to apply for disaster assistance and tax deductions.
Clean out the mud
From the get-go, be sure to get rid of as much mud as possible. Mud is your major contaminant. You can shovel out the thick layer usually left after flood waters have subsided. The rest of the mud that you find on walls and other hard surfaces can be washed away with a hose or garden sprayer.
Disinfect and wash down every surface
There is no telling what water makes up the volume of the flood water that washed through your home. It is unsafe to assume that it is purely made up of rain or river water. Flood waters may be filled with any amount of contaminants, viruses, and germs. It is vital to clean everything with industrial cleaner and hot water. Then soak or clean everything in a chlorine or bleach solution. This will disinfect every surface and item in the house and will effectively kill germs.
Checkyour private sewage system
Any damage to a sewage system is hazardous to everyone’s health. Flood damage to a sewage system can backup sewage in your home. This may result in contaminated drinking water and no sanitation in your house. It is vital to check that your sewage system is in working order and whether it needs in minor repairs. Failure to fix any minor breakages may lead to a build-up of chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that could leak into your drinking water system.
Clean and check the electrical system
Before attempting to do any work on the electrical system ensure that it is switched off. Ensure that all wiring is completely dry, as well as the wiring behind the walls. Clean and dry out all outlets, panels, junction boxes and switches of mud and water. Once you have completed these tasks, the electrical system must be fully inspected by an electrician before it is switched back on.
SEE ALSO: Carpet Water Damage Restoration
As mentioned before, cleaning up flood damage is a tedious task but one that is essential to ensure the health of comfort of your family in their home again. Once it is all done, you can go about trying to flood-proof your home so you don’t have that much to do should you ever find yourself in a similar situation again.