There is water in my house, now what?
Floods in the home can become a nightmare and can result in a chaotic situation leaving occupants feeling helpless. Unfortunately, flooding in the home is a very common occurrence in Florida. Picking up the pieces after a flood can be overwhelming but taking the correct steps and putting in some hard work, can help restore your home back to normal very quickly.
SERVPRO of Pembroke Pines / West Miramar gives you a few tips to help you maintain safety for you and your family before you begin the cleaning process:
- TIP #1: Always assume that flood water is contaminated, this way you are going to have a proper cleaning.
- TIP #2: Prepare yourself with waterproof boots or waders and gloves.
- TIP#3: Keep children and senior citizens away from flood water.
- TIP#4: Disinfect after clearing away remaining water.
- TIP#5: Throw away any food (including canned goods) that have been in contact with flood water.
Now, some information on how to get your home livable again and get rid of the water.
The first thing you will need to do is to remove water that is still in your home. This can be done with a shop-vac or water pump that is specifically designed to suck up water. You do not have any of those? Don’t worry, you can use buckets, this old-fashioned method is a great way to get rid of water. The important thing is to get as much standing water out of your home quickly and effectively.
Don’t forget to make sure that your home drains are clear of residues, any remaining water should be drained in an efficient manner.
The second step is Drying. After all the standing water has receded or has been removed, it is time to begin the process of drying your home and your belongings. Florida has a lot of rain but also great sunshine most of the time. You can take advantage of this and let some of your household items to be dried in the sun outside your house.
Also, open windows and doors to let the trapped moisture escape, and if you have an indoor dehumidifier, it is the time to use it! Fans are also a good option to put in the area, that would help speed the drying process.
Finally, look for trapped mud or water. Remove the mud you find and begin drying these areas immediately. Your house should be completely dried before putting your belongings back in again.
We hope you find this information helpful. Flooding is a serious matter and should be treated as such. Remember, if this whole process is overwhelming for you, you can always contact SERVPRO of Pembroke Pines / West Miramar and we’ll take care of everything.
Remember SERVPRO of Pembroke Pines / West Miramar serve in the following cities: Pembroke Pines, West Miramar, South West Ranches, Hollywood.
We are your local restoration and cleanup company, and we are here to serve you! Please be safe and give us a call if there is anything, we can do for you.
SERVPRO OF PEMBROKE PINES / WEST MIRAMAR
Office: (954) 998 – 0600