Doing damage control after a major flood is one of the toughest cleaning jobs you can take on yourself. Not only do you grieve the loss of your possessions and property, you’re also having to ensure the health and safety of the inside environment once you’re able to move back in. That’s where a professional cleaning company comes in handy; ensuring that you don’t have to deal with what nature left behind in the form of cleaning it up.
Since flooding can cause irreparable damage to the structure of your property and overall safety of those involved, there are certain techniques used to ensure the cleaning process is done properly:
- Get rid of contaminated mud
Using a shovel, get rid of as much mud as possible and hose down surfaces to get rid of any leftovers. After calling your insurance company, this should be the next best step in starting the cleaning process.
- Disinfect all surfaces
Before disinfecting surfaces, you need to use water and a heavy-duty cleaner to wash away any dirt. Followed by using a disinfectant to get rid of any unwanted bugs that may have entered your property via the flood. This may include hazardous sewage water and food from your home and surrounding areas.
- Throw out certain furniture
In order to protect your health and well-being, there are certain items that require disposal; such as mattresses, stuffed toys, and wood veneered furniture. Although some items can be washed, it’s best to get rid of them if they’ve been contaminated by flood water, especially if your children’s safety is involved.
- Call the electrician
First things first, the main power needs to be switched off. Your chosen electrician will then inspect and repair the system before it can be switched back on again. Check plugs for any mud deposits and allow all wiring to dry out first. If not, you could be putting your family in grave danger resulting in electrocution and death.
- Remove flooring
Whether you have carpets, vinyl flooring, or wooden floors, you would need to remove those and let them dry before replacing them. Carpets need to be cleaned thoroughly by specialists or discarded for safety reasons. Wooden flooring needs to dry gradually to prevent cracks and further damage.
Bonus tip: Always inspect your roof for damage. As this may not be your top priority, floor waters can cause damage even where you don’t suspect it. Hire a professional roof waterproofing company to get rid of any leaks and repair what was damaged.
As there are many other important cleaning aspects involved, it’s important to hire a professional cleaning company specialising in flood damage that knows exactly where to clean what and with which substances. Eco-friendly methods may be put into place to protect the environment while other parts of the property may require chemicals. Remember, as much as you treasure your possessions, at least you made it out alive. At the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.