Indoor flooding clean up

Basement Flooding

Water damage clean up period may take time. (Photo Credits)

Depending on the severity of water damage, the duration for the clean-up for residential flooding may vary. The level of indoor flooding that inundated the home, or portion of it, the type and category of flooding, plus how long it has been standing in the property all take into play in determining how long the remediation may take.

The Texas A & M University System for instance came up with a guide on flooding and water damage response for residents. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego CA

“After the flood waters recede and the clean-up has been done, most folks want to get back into their homes or businesses and start rebuilding. The problem is that wood that has been submerged in water has likely absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.”

The whole guidelines can be downloaded here.

After drying up the flooded area

The U.S. Department on Housing and Urban Development also developed a manual on rebuilding flooded and water damaged homes. After totally drying up the residential flooding, the next step is to clean and sanitize the damaged area.

“Get it CLEAN – Remove debris, silt and grime with safe and effective cleaning methods. It’s obvious that damage and debris must be cleaned out, but how to do it most effectively and safely is not so obvious. Damaged buildings can have hidden dangers and lingering health hazards. Special methods are needed to restore a truly clean and healthy homes. Get it PEST-FREE – Exclude pests, using little or no toxic pesticides. A damaged home can be vulnerable to invasion by unwelcome pests. You know that pests can spread disease, but did you know that insect and rodent droppings are a major trigger of allergies and asthma? Invading animals can also bring in ticks and fleas. Termites can damage your home.”

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Important repairs should be carried out

After the clean-up, important repairs will then have to be carried out in order to make the house safe to live in once again. These repairs include electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, HVAC repairs and the like.

FloodSafety.com emphasized this in their article on dealing with water damage, and carrying out restoration activities.

“The system must be shut off and repaired and inspected by an electrician before it can be turned back on. Wiring must be completely dried out- even behind walls. Switches, convenience outlets, light outlets, entrance panel, and junction boxes that have been under water may be filled with mud. Heating and cooling systems and ducts- Will need inspection and cleaning. Flood-soaked insulation should be replaced. Appliances- Appliances will get stains, odors, silt deposits, and gritty deposits and need to be serviced, cleaned and sanitized. Running equipment before it is properly cleaned could seriously damage it and/or shock you. Professional cleaning is recommended for electronics, TVs and radios, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners. The hard exterior can be hand cleaned. All metallic appliances that have been flooded should be properly grounded to prevent electric shock. Mud or dirt in a grounded outlet or adapter may prevent the grounding system from working, and you could be electrocuted.”

Check out the whole guidelines here.

Water Damage can indeed take time to be fully restored.

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