Now that you have weathered the storm, and are facing the aftermath, it’s time to look at cleanup. This segment will focus on cleanup for flood victims. From a hurricane and the damaged caused by the rising sea and broken levy’s, heavy rain and rising rivers, or even broken pipes in your home you can know what to do if you are ever faced with this situation.
- Your priority is your family’s and pet’s protection. Keep small children and your pets away from the affected area. Wear rubber boots or waiters and rubber gloves to stay clean.
- Remove the flood water in your home as soon as possible to keep it from doing more damage in your home. Open all the doors and windows.
- The fastest and easiest way to remove the water is to pump it out of the home. Mop up all the remaining water.
- Use fans to dry up the water fast. Face the fans toward a door or window to help clear out the moisture from the air and potential mold spores. Also a dehumidifier will help remove moisture.
- Throw away all items that cannot be cleaned. Such as carpets, carpet padding, upholstered furniture, most wood, ceiling tiles, books, toys, pillows, blankets, cosmetics, wall coverings and paper products.
- Clean and disinfect everything from walls, counter tops, moldings, appliances and other home fixtures with a mild detergent and hot water.