If you came home to find your home flooded, you're going to need to act fast to clean up the damage. Standing water can cause serious health risks to you and your family, especially if you don't clean up the mess quickly. Here are three steps to take to get the water out of your home.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
When removing flood water from your home, you're going to need proper ventilation. This is especially important if you'll be using gas-powered generators to power the water pumps, or if mold has begun growing in your home. You'll be able to tell if mold is in your home by the musty smell that lingers as mold spores are released into the air. Before you begin removing the water, be sure to open all the windows in your home. This will ensure that air is able to circulate throughout the house.
Protect Against Infectious Diseases
When entering a flooded home, you should be sure to wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves, goggles, and boots. Flood waters can contain bacteria and pollutants that may be hazardous to your health, especially if the water came from a contaminated source – such as sewer systems – or if the water was left standing in your home for an extended period of time. Protective clothing will help keep you from being exposed to infectious diseases that might be in the contaminated water. Some infectious diseases that can be found in standing water include:
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
Remove the Water
Once you've made sure you have proper ventilation and that you're protected against infectious diseases, you'll need to remove the standing water from your home. Depending on the amount of water, you'll need to use either wet/dry vacuums or sump pumps.
If the flooding is limited to one area of your home, you can use wet/dry vacuums to remove the water. Be sure to empty the canister in an area that's away from your home. This will ensure that the contaminated waters don't get back into your home.
If a large portion of your home is flooded, you'll need to use sump pumps. The sump pumps will allow you to remove water quickly. Place one pump in each room and allow them to run until the water is removed. Be sure the drainage tubes are draining far enough away from your home to prevent repeat flooding.
If your home has suffered a flood, you need to take immediate action to clean up the mess. Use the steps outlined above to get the job done quickly and efficiently. For severe water damage, you should have a water damage restoration company (such as Arkansas Restoration Services Inc) help you with the clean-up.