A flood is one of the biggest disasters that can befall a residential or commercial property. Like a fire, flood damage is widespread and can affect many aspects of a building, from structural to health considerations. If your property has been hit with a flood, these are the steps you can expect to go through as the flood damage clean-up professionals handle the situation.
First and foremost, professionals need to gauge the exact state of the situation. This means going in and looking at the water damage and the hardest hit areas, the point of entry for the water, which areas require repair, and which have escaped damage.
This portion should only be done by professionals as there may be health risks involved without proper protection. A backed-up sewer, for example, can flood an area with dangerous bacteria that can infect a person through touch, swallowing liquid, or even breathing fumes. Therefore, health precautions should be taken, and structural evaluations should be made before allowing others back into a property.
If water is still present, this will be pumped out by the team. Even in cases where a flood has receded, there may still be pockets of water that may be present. A large flash flood can empty itself out of the kitchen and living room of a home but may still be present in the basement because of backed-up sewage pipes, for example.
Depending on the severity of the situation, this can be an extensive process or only require removing a few small areas here and there.
Disposal & Retrieval
When all water has been removed, it’s time to look at furnishings and other aspects of a property. Once again, depending on the situation, some items, like carpet, may experience only minor damage and can be easily salvaged or repaired. Or, in other cases, the carpet may be so severely water damaged that the only recourse is to dispose of it and install a new carpet.
At this stage, anything that has been assessed to be salvageable will be taken away for repair or water removal. Those items that are too badly damaged will be disposed of.
The next step is to ensure that no health risks are present in the environment. Mold, for example, may have had a chance to infest certain areas, such as the basement or in a particularly ravaged portion of drywall. In addition, chemicals that may have come through the sewer may now be present in bathrooms or the basement.
These health hazards will now be cleaned out, the areas decontaminated, and a concerted effort made to ensure that no other bacteria, mold other invaders can get a foothold.
The final phase in flood repair is moisture removal. Just because standing pools of water have been removed from a property, that doesn’t mean water is gone. Drywall that has been soaked, or insulation that got caught in the flood, still presents potential moisture sources for mold growth or further water damage.
These areas must be dried out and damaged portions removed to ensure proper recovery for the property. For best results, this work should be done by an experienced professional flood clean-up company.