Floods could introduce problems and headaches in so many ways especially if most of your items in the basement had been soaked with water. And sometimes, calling for a professional to clean your basement and restore water-damaged items isn’t a great move because it can be expensive, especially if most of your properties have been ruined by the flood. If you plan on cleaning it all by yourself, here are some tips that you should always keep in mind when it comes to water damage restoration and cleaning.
Prioritize your safety
As much as you wanted to start cleaning as much as possible, you also need to prioritize your safety first. Make sure that you don’t return to your house until the government announces that it is safe to do so. Take all your cash and some emergency supplies with you in inspecting the damage that had been done to your property by the flood.
The risks of slipping and falling are relatively high because of the slippery surfaces so always be careful with your steps. Make sure that all appliances and other electrical equipment are switched off before you start inspecting your house.
Watch out for pests
Aside from dirt, water, and soils that flood brings, it could also bring some snakes, harmful insects as well as rodents so make sure that you always watch your every move to avoid hurting yourself.
Look for damaged power and gas lines
Before you start cleaning, make sure that you check all the gas lines and look for an exterior damage so that you can do something about it and ensure your safety while you are cleaning.
Check the building or the house
You can see how big the physical and structural damage to a house or building just by looking at it so make sure that you don’t enter your house if you notice that there is a major structural damage that could pose some serious threats to you.
Do not enter room with sagging ceilings
Check for the ceilings and make sure that you do not enter a room if you notice that the ceiling is already sagging. Same as not walking on the floor that is already sagging to prevent the risks of getting serious injuries while cleaning the house.
Use clean water in cleaning and washing
You might want to wash and clean some water-damaged items so only use clean water otherwise all of your efforts are useless. Go to your bathroom and try to flush the toilet. Notice if there are some clogs coming from the mud or some debris inside your toilet bowl.
Temporarily patch the roof
If you have no other choice but to go inside and clean as soon as possible, make sure that you temporarily patch the roof and ceilings so that you can assure that you will not be directly hit by the ceiling once it falls to the floor.
Get the free quotation for experts at Flood Emergency Services today.