Flooding is one of the most destructive natural hazards. Learn how to minimize your risk through this flood tips.
In case there is still standing water, it is practical to wear rubber boots and gloves. Switch the electricity off at the breaker box and get all electrical appliances and extension cords up on the higher ground to dry them out. Be sure your home is structurally safe, which means looking out for broken sharp objects on the floor and anything you might trip over.
Essential flood tips, all drinking water ought to be either boiled. Put through a water purifier or use bottled water. Areas that are dry but have been exposed to sewage should be thoroughly washed down using a solution of household bleach and water. We suggest a 25% bleach to water solution.
Another one, toss out all water damaged rugs, particleboard furniture, mattresses, suitcases, food, even photographs and books, and adhere to your local council guidelines for disposal. A lot of electrical appliances will not survive if they have been submerged in water. Dishwashers, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners are less expensive to replace than repair. Make use of rubber gloves and mask when cleaning loose debris, so as not to inhale any toxic particles.
This includes water-soaked bedding, towels, drapes, cushions, and clothing using the hot sanitizing cycle on your washing machine—dry clean heat-sensitive textiles. Also, put dishes through the dishwasher on a hot period.
Clean up the last standing water with a portable submersible sump pump and a wet-dry vac. Then use a high capacity, low-temperature dehumidifier to take care of the rest. It is important to open windows and ventilate rather than turn on the heat high [about 50°F] in the house or use fans. Merely turning the heat on, is an invitation to grow mould spores and spread them throughout the house. Do not try to dry out the home too hurriedly. If you do, this will cause wood floors to warp or buckle, such as Steam ‘n’ Dry Flood and Wet Carpet Drying Auckland since 1987 in East South Auckland North Shore, West Auckland City, Hibiscus Coast areas.
Wash down all surfaces, such as walls, cabinets, basement floors; including those which were not in direct flood contact, with your bleach solution. Then wipe down with clear water. Using a vapour steam cleaner on all surfaces to disinfect is an even better solution. Take these essential flood tips.
Remove drywall up to and 2 feet above flood levels on walls and remove insulation that came in contact with floodwaters. It is imperative to do this if you want to avoid future mould problems. We have heard too many horror stories from people whose houses became infested with toxic mould – so it is not worth taking a chance and skipping this step.
At this point, have a professional inspect both your electrical systems and appliances. Additionally, replace all filters and switches. Check your furnace, as burnout of the motor may be imminent. Be sure all plumbing and toilet facilities are working.
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