Hurricane season is almost here which means boarded up windows, sandbags piled high, and evacuated homes and businesses. Natural disasters like hurricanes can be devastating, wreaking havoc on your landscaping and damaging your home with storm surges, flooding, and high winds.
If your house experiences flooding after a hurricane, try removing excess water by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water off your wood furniture AFTER removing lamps and tabletop items. You will also want to remove any colored items from wet carpeting to avoid staining. If the water line was above 2 inches, you will have to remove your carpet and padding depending how long the water was sitting.
These small tasks will help remove moisture from your home ad combat the mold that could potentially be growing in your living space. Ensure that you dispose of your rugs, pillows, and cushions since flood waters carry animal and human waste as well as water born parasites. All carpet and padding, as well as any affected porous items (drywall and particle board), should be disposed of 2’ above the water line. If your home has been affected by elevated flood waters, try limiting your contact with it as it contains elevated levels of raw sewage and other hazardous materials. If you have been exposed to contaminated water, you could experience upset stomach, intestinal problems, headache and other flu-like symptoms.
Does your water come from a well? If it floods, it is important to remember to not turn on the pump due to the danger of electric shock. Do not drink the water until the well is tested and safe to use. The same goes for septic systems. After your home has sustained flooding damage, you will need a water removal team. Here what to expect during the water removal process:
Inspection and Assessment – The first action point is to do a proper inspection and assess the damage in order to come up with the best removal and restoration plan.
Water Removal – During water extraction, Inside Homes Cleaning and More will remove most of the water. Our pumps and vacuums can quickly whisk away multiple gallons at a time.
Dehumidification and Drying – With Inside Homes Cleaning and More’s dehumidification equipment and industrial-grade machinery, we will make sure your structure is properly dried.
If you need help removing standing water after a flood, contact Inside Homes Cleaning and More. At Inside Homes, we know water removal well because we have dealt with various residential and commercial emergencies. Contact Inside Homes Cleaning and More today to assess to your flood damage in Pinellas County!