Flooding happens when increasing water overflows the natural boundaries of bodies of water, such as rivers and streams, and spills across the ground, contaminating everything in its path. Soil microorganisms, rotting insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from highways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields and gardens can all pollute the water.
Cleaning your own home is difficult enough but cleaning it after being flooded is even more difficult. A flood is a catastrophic disaster in itself, but it can cause even more destruction if ignored. Cleaning up after a flood entails more than simply letting things dry in the sun.
Preparing for A Flood Clean-Up?
As a result of property flooding, you may face expensive repairs, filthy conditions, and a lengthy clean-up. Knowing how to clean up after a flood properly is critical for your health, valuables, and your home’s structural integrity. The following advice can help you plan for, avoid harm in the event of, and clean up after any form of flooding.
1. Property Structure
Stay away from the house if it is significantly damaged and appears unsafe, such as roof damage or cracks in the walls, until a building inspector or engineer has inspected it. Always be cautious, as damage can go undetected. If you’re unsure, don’t go. Examine the walls, ceilings, and flooring using a flashlight. Sagging floors and ceilings may signal foundation problems, and sagging ceilings may indicate flooding on the roof, so get out of the building right away.
After the flood subsides, an efficient flood cleanup team can help you fix your property. They offer services that can make your life easier and recoup your damages in a more efficient way and a less expensive manner.
2. Electrical Safety
Every piece of electrical wire in a facility that has been partially or entirely submerged in floodwater must be inspected by a trained electrician or electrical inspector before being placed back into service. Any stray wires should be treated as “live” and pose a serious hazard. Downed power lines, damaged electrical equipment, and electric tools in standing water can all be fatal if not addressed immediately.
Before using your gas system, double-check your meter and regulator. Floodwaters may have shifted your home or put additional strain on the gas piping, damaged gas appliances, or shifted propane tanks. Do not enter the building if you smell gas or if there is evidence of a gas leak. Turn the main shut-off valve off to turn off the gas.
As a rule, do not smoke or have naked flames near flood-affected areas. Even if you do not have a gas connection, loose gas bottles or trapped gasses may be present, and old gas connections or neighboring connections may be destroyed.
If an animal appears sick after a flood, it should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Animal carcasses may be found during clean-up if you live in a rural or regional location. These should be handled with care, using PPE. Avoid contact with any deceased animal’s body fluids and dispose of dead pets, livestock, and wild animals following local ordinances.
Remember to look out for living animals that aren’t typically at your home or company — rodents, spiders, snakes, and other animals trapped or seeking refuge in your facilities can cause bodily bites, venom, and disease.
5. PPE and Hygiene
When cleaning up after a flood, always use personal protective equipment (PPE). An N95 face mask and eye protection without holes are the most common examples of this type of protective gear. Long pants, sleeves, and gloves are also recommended to avoid touching mold. Wear rubber boots to protect your feet from shocks and keep them dry.
Talk to your doctor about your clean-up plans if you have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues. Use a waterproof dressing to cover all cuts and abrasions and clean them after showering.