With the year coming to a close, 2016 is likely to be remembered by residents across the United States for its many instances of severe flooding. If you are one of the residents affected by these floods, you now have a thorough understanding of the devastation left behind when flood waters recede. Not only are there layers of debris, mud and sand to contend with, flood waters also saturate surfaces, building materials, furnishings, and personal possessions, many of which are quickly ruined. If your home was one of the unfortunate recipients of flood waters this year, the following DIY tips can help you limit the damage and restore your home to a healthy, happy living space once again.
Assess the degree of water infiltration before deciding to DIY
Before beginning a DIY water restoration cleanup project, it is important to carefully evaluate the scope of the cleanup process that will be needed to make sure it is within your capabilities. To do this, carefully assess the damage inside your home. If the water infiltration was limited to only a certain area, such as a few inches of water inside an unfinished basement, your chances of success with a DIY cleanup will be much greater than it will if the water infiltrated main living spaces or filled an entire level in your home. Since time is critical for water restoration work to be successful due to rapid deterioration of surfaces and mold and mildew growth, opt to choose DIY cleanup only if the water infiltration was minor and you have the tools and knowledge to succeed.
Have the home's electrical system evaluated before restoring power
If any of the home's electrical wiring, including wall sockets and light switches, was inundated by the flood waters, make sure that the power to the home remains turned off until the entire electrical system can be professionally evaluated for safety. Failing to do so could lead to electrical shock injuries, electrocutions or the possibility of an electrical fire.
Take proper precautions to protect your health when working on DIY water restoration and cleanup
Flood waters, especially those that may contain sewage, animal feces, or chemical contaminants can create real health hazards for people who work in or around them. To protect yourself from these hazards, as well as reduce the risk you may face from developing mildew and mold spores, remember to always wear proper skin, eye, and breathing protection when working in homes that have been damaged by flooding.
If you are unsure about how to safely proceed to remove flood waters and restore your home, furnishings, and possessions to their former condition, consider seeking the assistance of a reputable, professional water damage restoration contractor as soon as possible after the flood occurs.