Cleaning After a Storm
When a storm causes damage to your home, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to start the cleanup process. Due to flooding and other factors, however, there are several ways in which cleaning after a storm often differs from cleaning after different types of damage from water.
1. Water is Removed
Whereas a pipe break may only require a certain area of the house to be cleaned and likely will not result in a significant flood, storms can cause extensive water damage. Standing flood water can often be contaminated, meaning that removing the water can be hazardous if not done correctly. It’s essential to use protective equipment, like masks, boots, gloves, and other items when removing polluted water.
2. Home is Dried
Once water is removed from the home after a storm, it’s important to dry out the area. Keep the home dry will help prevent mold growth. However, it’s essential to make sure the right equipment is used while drying the area after flooding. Using a vacuum cleaner or putting on a fan when a ceiling is drooping can be hazardous and ineffective. Once the home is dry, the next process of cleaning and restoration can begin.
3. Sanitization is Required
Since storm floodwater is often contaminated, a home with sustained flood damage is often typically thoroughly sanitized. Besides cleaning items within your home, including furniture, clothes, or other personal belongings, the home itself may require special cleaning. Often, the process of disinfecting a home includes eliminating the causes of unpleasant odors and eliminating odors themselves, and the use of disinfectants as well as the use of antibacterial treatments.
Knowing the differences between pipe burst flooding and stormwater damage can give you a better idea of what to expect and where to start the cleanup and restoration process. You could find it useful to work with water and storm damage professionals as you begin to restore your home.