Your home is flooded. Now you're trying to figure out how to clean up the mess. Before you wade into the water, you should know that not all flood water is the same. In fact, some flood water will require special care during the clean-up. When it comes to floods, water is divided up into three separate categories, based on the level of contamination. Here's what you'll need to know about the three categories you may face during your water damage clean-up efforts.
A finished basement is an excellent way to increase your living space, until a flood happens. It can come from a burst pipe or groundwater seepage from too much rain or over-saturation in the surrounding soil. Salvaging your belongings is usually fairly straight-forward – most items with hard surfaces can be dried, textiles can be washed, and paper items are usually garbage. The issue comes with upholstered furniture, which can't be washed in a machine.
If you are having problems with water around your home and your roof's gutters are sagging, the problem could be caused by your gutters. If you have never had the gutters at your home replaced and you've never cleaned them, you'll want to call a roofing company right away.
Look into getting the old gutters replaced, and have the roof looked at. A damaged roof could be causing a variety of structural concerns for the home, so you want to get the issues addressed right away.
When there is flooding, a burst pipe or a leak within the walls, your baseboard is often the first thing to get damaged. Swelling in the baseboard can cause it to warp and separate from the wall. Also, the MDF (medium density fiberboard) that molding is usually made out of is extremely susceptible to water damage. In most cases it will need to be fully removed and replaced. This article explains how to replace water damaged baseboards.
Strong storms that cause flooding can be very damaging to homes, and it can be devastating to see your home filling with water and your belongings being destroyed. Quick thinking will ensure that you and your family remain safe during the disaster and through the aftermath. If you are ever in a flood situation, take the following steps:
Turn Off Your Gas and Electricity
When your home is taking on water at a rapid rate, it is in your best interest to leave before the situation gets too dangerous and you become trapped in a flooded area and are unable to evacuate.