The Importance of Flood Clean Up and Its Benefits for Indoor Air
Life after the storm is depressing and frustrating at the same time. From the loud and crackling thunderstorms leading to raging currents of water flooding everything including your home down to its basement. The aftermath is tricky, especially since it’s time for an extensive cleanup session.
The Different Types of Water Damage
- Water damage is probably our number one concern after the storm. It can bring damage to property and even lives. That said, there are four classes of water damage and these are:
- Class 1: Lowest level of water damage. Only a small area is affected by this type of water damage.
- Class 2: An entire room is flooded in this type of water damage. Signs of class 2 water damage includes damage to wood grained materials such as flooring and drywall. Water must stay at a height of below 24 inches before it is considered to be a class 2 water damage.
- Class 3: This is where water damage can severely affect an entire building. This includes ceiling collapsing, pipe bursting, electrical current being affected and the like.
- Class 4: Probably one of the deadliest water damage of them all, such example includes a river spilling over and damaging nearby homes.
Preparing for a Flood
- When we think about it, you can deal with minor flooding on your own especially if it’s a class 1 or class 2 water damage. However, if you’re experiencing a class 3 to 4 water damage, you may want to hire a restoration professional to help you with that. Here are some tips what you can do if a flood occurs:
Before Anything Else – It’s important to bring these essentials with you.
- Respirator: These gas masks are available in hardware stores. This is important since a handkerchief or cloth isn’t good enough to protect your nose and mouth from the mold.
- Gloves: Perfect so that your hands are protected away from germs the flood has brought.
- Googles: Protects your eyes for any kinds of aftermath debris that may fall from above.
- Proper clothing: Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and boots are the ones you should wear in this situation.
It’s Cleaning Time! – Now that you’re done following what’s written above, it’s time to start the cleanup session. Here’s how!
- Throw away items that look unusable and severely damaged by the flood.
- Move dry items inside a safe place as soon as possible to prevent it from getting contaminated.
- Eliminate water as possible. Bacteria buildup will occur which can be inhaled once it goes airborne.
- Separate dirty (but still usable) items and clean them as thoroughly as you can. Don’t forget to read the label whatever cleaning material you’re using to see if it’s suitable for such items.
Abandon All Hope? Not.
- If the damage done by the storm severely affected your home, it may be time to hire a professional restoration team instead. While they are restoring your home, you can just evacuate and find a temporary place to stay in for the rest of the week until the restoration team finished their job.