Besides a fire that guts a home or a hurricane or tornado that compromises the structure of a house, there is arguably no other catastrophe which packs as much punch as a flood. One of the worst things about flooding in the home is that it doesn’t need a storm to happen –pipes and appliances put the property at risk literally every day, rain or shine.
One of the reasons why flooding is so dangerous is because it carries many risks, and homeowners may not understand the urgency of water damage. For example, a few inches of water in a basement might not seem to pose a threat, but it is potentially allowing mildew to form, eating away at wood, posing an electrical shock risk, causing drain backup, and more.
Eventually, the task comes down to preparing the home for water damage restoration after a flood. There is a very distinct sequence of events that takes place after the water has made its grand entrance:
- Photograph Damage for Insurance Reasons- It’s best to document every stage of the flood and cleanup process to help with insurance claims.
- Water Cleanup- The next step in water damage restoration after a flood is removing the water. This process should be done as soon as possible, as the less time an area is exposed to water, the lower the risk of mold and mildew damage to the area. It’s best to hire professionals like our crew at AdvantaClean of the Capital Region to streamline the water cleanup process.
- Remove Furniture/Drywall/Damaged Materials- Mold spores can grow in the area, clinging to carpet, drywall, furniture, and other items. The best process is to take any water-exposed items outside and let them air out for as long as possible.
- Find the Source of the Problem- If the water source is coming from a broken pipe, that’s obviously a top priority fix. Otherwise, it should be determined if the water came into the home because of a storm, improper grading near the foundation, faulty or clogged gutters, etc.
- Remediation of Mold- The final step that we provide at AdvantaClean of the Capital Region is the elimination of any mold remnants that may be lingering. Since these are invisible, it’s important that we use our high-tech equipment to ensure the problem is alleviated.
Water damage restoration after a flood is definitely a process, but there aren’t many alternatives. By being persistent along with working alongside some pros like our team here at AdvantaClean of the Capital Region, the process will be as streamlined as possible. Plus, your home will be better prepared for events like this in the future after some interior and exterior adjustments, and best of all, the remnants of this flood will be long gone.