Cleaning Your House After Water Damage

General

Cleaning up after water damage or a flood is no fun, but there are steps you can take to simplify and expedite the process. The most important aspect of post-water damage clean-up should happen within 48 hours to protect against mold growth. No one plans on water damage but having a plan of action in place before it happens makes the recovery faster.

Assess the Damage

Before you do anything, take a few minutes to assess and document the damage. Take pictures of everything for insurance and for your own records. Even though the bulk of the clean-up task is still in front of you, this is a good time to consider remodeling Newark NJ or wherever you live. If your home or business is already disrupted, use it as an excuse to remake the space in a way you’ve always wanted.

Protect Yourself

Don’t start pulling up soggy carpeting until you are fully protected with rubber gloves, goggles, and an N-95 mask. If you have breathing issues, consider getting professional help. Remember that germs can be prevalent in standing water, so keep yourself as dry as possible during the project. Keep windows open and fans running, if possible, for ventilation.

Dispose of Ruined Items

You won’t be able to save everything, so cut your losses with carpet, padding, upholstered furniture and anything that can’t be washed and dried fairly easily. It’s sad, but some items just won’t dry properly and can grow mold which can make you sick.

Wash and Dry Textiles

Almost anything made of fabric can be washed, preferably with hot soapy water, bleach and then air dried. Rugs and other furniture can be rinsed with water and shampooed or disinfected. Once properly cleaned, fabric and surfaces should be safe from bacteria growth.

As with any clean-up involving chemicals or mold, make sure to thoroughly wash and dry yourself and your clothing after you’ve finished with the space.  Flood clean-up is not fun work, but with a plan of action it can proceed quickly and efficiently towards getting you up and running again.