We have already discussed a few steps you will need to take if your home floods in our previous blog, but with so much to say on the subject, we are continuing the theme in this blog as well. Here are a few more crucial steps you should take when returning to your flooded house:
When the flood waters have drained away, you will be left with a huge mess to clean up. Be very careful when clearing the remaining dirt and debris, as it will contain all kinds of dangerous bacteria such as sewage, etc. Before starting the cleanup, make sure you have on the recommended protective gear – this should include a breathing mask, sturdy footwear, and a decent pair of gloves.
It can be very difficult to sort through your damaged possessions. While you may want to keep as much as possible, be aware that anything that came into contact with the floodwater will be covered in hazardous bacteria, so you will likely need to throw some things out. An example of this would be a mattress which would be difficult to clean thoroughly. When deciding what to throw out and what to keep, always err on the side of caution and throw anything out that you are unsure about, especially food and drink items.
No one wants to deal with a flooded home or any natural disaster, but being prepared and knowing what to do in such a situation is always a good idea.