A Guide to Flood Cleanup Services
A Guide to Flood Cleanup Services
Anyone who’s ever had to deal with a flood knows how devastating they can be to your home or business. Water damage is no joke. If it goes untreated or you don't clean it properly, flood damage can cause unwanted mold growth and even damage the infrastructure of your home. But whether a nearby river has flooded or your home couldn’t handle the heavy rain, it’s important that you know what to do after a flood. Recently on our blog, we’ve taken some time to talk about the services we offer in depth. We talked about our fire damage restoration services, for example, in an article you can read here. But we think it’s just as important to give you a guide to flood cleanup services as well. Many people have no idea what they should do after a flood. Today, we’ll make sure you’re not one of them.
A Guide to Flood Damage Categories
The first step in giving you a guide to flood cleanup services is showing you the different categories of flood damage. It isn’t always obvious at first, but there are a few different kinds of floods. Some are more serious than others. Category 1 flood damage is the least serious, though it can still have many negative effects. In this case, the water originates from a clean source of potable water. If the water that floods your home is safe for human consumption, that means that it’s Category 1. Category 2 water damage is where things start to get more serious. This is when the water in your home has significant contamination and could make you sick if you drank it or came into contact with it. Lastly, there’s Category 3 water damage. This is water damage caused by grossly contaminated water that has dangerous pathogenic and toxigenic agents.
Generally, Category 1 water damage comes from things like broken supply lines or sprinkler systems. We often refer to it as “fresh water.” Category 2 water damage, on the other hand, often comes from things like ruptured storage tanks and is referred to as “gray water.” And the water that causes Category 3 damage, which most often comes from raw sewage, is often referred to as “black water.” One of the reasons it’s so important to get the water damage treated and flood cleaned up as soon as possible is that a flood can change from Category 1 water damage to Category 3 in a short period of time. Even if fresh water floods your home, if it sits in a warm, enclosed environment, it can develop harmful pathogens. Spores that weren’t harmful on their own can multiply into mold colonies and turn your flood into a serious problem.
The Flood Cleanup Process
So what should you do after your home has flooded? No matter what kind of flood it is, contacting your insurance should be your very first step. Your insurance agent can help you find a good water cleanup company or restoration contractor—like us—to make sure that the flood is taken care of properly. They may also work with an insurance adjuster to help survey the damage, estimate costs, and act as an advocate of the insurance company. This is an important first step because it makes sure everyone involved has all the information they need about the disaster. If you wait too long, it’s harder to assess the damage and it may affect your coverage. If you’re interested in learning more about insurance and the disaster restoration process, be sure to check out our article on the subject. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
Once it’s safe to come back to a flooded home, you should examine the exterior—or have someone examine it for you. Cracks in the walls or foundation can mean that it’s incredibly unsafe to go inside, but they aren’t always easy to spot. You should also make sure that your gas and electricity services aren’t running when you return home. If either of these are still running, it can be dangerous for you. You should also wear protective equipment like waterproof boots, gloves, and some form of eye protection. You can never tell at a glance what will be in the water in your home. Sometimes animals like snakes will nest in or around your home during or following a flood, so be careful. And be doubly careful about opening doors; oftentimes, doors swell with water, and they may be holding up a structure that would collapse otherwise.
Interior Cleanup and our Flood Cleanup Services
Once you’ve inspected the exterior and determined that it’s safe to go inside, there are a few things you should start to do to minimize damage. Make sure that you open all the windows to help ventilate your home and start removing any and all damaged furniture. You should also begin to remove all of the water-logged bedding and carpeting in your home; even if you dry your carpets with fans, it’s impossible to make sure that you’re fully drying the water beneath the carpet as well. Carpet padding has to go, and so do water-damaged mattresses. You can’t always tell whether water is contaminated or not, so it’s better safe than sorry. But make sure you take pictures of everything that you throw away for insurance purposes. Once you've taken everything outside and removed damaged items, you'll have to completely dry the floors and damaged walls, replacing where necessary.
If you’re interested in reading more about flood cleanup, we recommend taking a look at this article here.
Even with a guide to flood cleanup services, we know that it’s a lot to do. Of course, Delta Restoration Services can help you with all of these steps. We offer 24/7 water damage restoration services because we know that it’s not always possible to do it alone. Our number one priority is to return your peace of mind. We have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to do jobs of any size. We can even help you fix ongoing problems, which can save you money in the long run. And since we offer mold removal services as well, there’s no need to worry. If mold becomes an issue (as it often does with water damage), we can help you take care of it.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.