Do not treat flood water within unwanted spaces lightly, because even if your basement just has one inch of water inside it, or is simply damp, it’s the ideal breeding ground for mold. Growth of mold not just ruins flooring, carpets, furniture, walls, etc., it may lead to bad air quality indoors causing respiratory issues, which include asthma, and may lead to serious illness. Preventing growth of mold is critical to keeping your residence’s air healthy and clean.
Unplug any electronics, disconnect the power, and immediately remove furniture, electronics, and movable objects.
Get rid of water. There are many methods of getting rid of water. If you do not have power, or are concerned with loose wiring, the old-fashioned, manual method will work. Utilize buckets, mops, and old towels to soak up as much wetness as you can.
Dry the affected area out. As you have mopped all the water up, use a dehumidifier and fans to aid in drying the area out.
Disinfect the space. After the place has dried out, which includes wooden beams, drywall, insulation, etc., use a disinfectant to eliminate all bacteria which might’ve come up through toilets, sewers, etc.
Responsibly dispose of damaged objects: you will be tempted to toss all things into the dumpster and send it all out of site. However, if you are able to organize damaged items into piles and take what’s possible to take to recycling facilities, you’ll help relieve the pressure on the landfill site in your area. Go to your town or city’s waste management site to discover where you can recycle stains, old paints, adhesives and additional toxic liquids, all damaged electronics from phones to televisions and drywall, furniture, and computers.
For more information on water damage restoration contact Triangle Legacy at 1-800-830-3324.