Water damage from a storm
Assessing Damage after a storm
Anything flood waters touch will need to be addressed. If the flooding is overwhelming, a SERVPRO professional will help you address the problem and provide services to get your home looking “Like it never even happened.” During an initial inspection, in addition to checking flooring and walls, check the following for any contact with the waters:
- Kitchen utensils, plates, cups, etc.
While some of these may be able to be cleaned, such as appliances and furniture, some of them should be thrown away. Things like mattresses and stuffed animals can be difficult to completely clean. If a rug has been saturated more than 24 hours, it may need to be tossed. Any clothes, rugs and furniture should immediately be removed and set out to dry before cleaning.
A Thorough Clean
One of the main cleaning requirements for flood waters is a good disinfectant. It will not only eliminate bacteria, stains and odors but also help reduce the potential for mold to grow. Once any wet items have been dried, usually for at least 48 hours, the cleaning process can start. Be sure to clean anything that has been in contact with water and remember to take safety precautions during the process, such as:
- Wear disposable gloves and clothing.
- Avoid touching the face or eyes.
- Refresh cleaning solution when it becomes cloudy.
- Thoroughly wash hands after cleaning.