Do you know what do to when your home or property floods? Hudson Valley DKI has compiled a simple flood damage cleanup checklist that you can follow to minimize water damage and property loss during or after a flood event.
Do you know where the water is coming from? It is essential to determine the source of water quickly. The sooner you prevent water from entering your home or property the sooner the restoration process can begin. Be prepared when preventing water from entering your home. Is the water harmful to your health?
There are three types of water that can cause damage to your home:
Clean Water – clean water comes from a source that is relatively harmless, like a broken water pipe, or overflowing kitchen sink. In most cases, clean water is safe for individuals to handle.
Gray Water – gray water can contain bacteria and other contamination but is not the most harmful water source. Grey water typically comes from malfunctioning washing machines, dishwashers, and some flooding from outside sources.
Black Water – black water contains organic material, contaminants, and possible raw sewage. Blackwater typically comes from plumbing malfunctions, outside flooding from rivers or streams. All cleanup efforts pertaining to black water should be performed by trained professionals. Because black water can be harmful, protective gear and other safety precautions are required during cleanup.
Note: Hudson Valley DKI recommends consulting a professional flood damage cleanup company before attempting to clean up any water or flood damage on your own. Do not try to determine the type of water damage on your own, looks can be deceiving.
If you can determine that the water damage is coming from within your home, look for the water source. The easiest way to stop an internal water source is turning on the main water valve to your home. If you are unable to find the source of water damage on your own consider calling in a professional to for a free consultation. If the water is entering your home from an external source there may not be a lot you can do. Check your local news sources for emergency prevention tips.
The longer the flood water is allowed to stay in your home, the higher the risk of irreversible damage and loss. Timing is critical and it is best to get started on the water removal process as soon as possible.
Safety Above All Else
Before attempting to enter any water damaged areas, turn off the power to the property. Electricity and water do not mix and can prove to be fatal if they are in contact while you enter the water. Shut and remove any electronic devices that you can reach.
Once the power has been turned off avoid walking in any areas with standing water. Not only does this prevent you from getting hurt, it will also prevent any additional damage to your flooring.
If possible, remove small furniture and décor from the affected areas. Pin up any curtains and remove any throw rugs in the area.
Call a Professional
If you have a large amount of water that needs to be extracted from your home, don’t hesitate to contact your local flood damage cleanup professionals. Proper flood damage cleanup is best left to the professionals who have the proper equipment, experience, and know-how.