How Your Home Is Restored After Flood Damage

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Flood damage restoration could be a major process depending on the degree of contamination in the water and how badly your home is affected. It all starts with getting water out of your house so the damage can be assessed. If your home was flooded with water, it's best to call for professional help to get water out of voids in your home and to properly dry out your flooring and walls. Here is an idea of what you can expect:

Pump Out Standing Water

If the ground outside is saturated, the water in your house may linger for days if it isn't pumped out or bailed out. The contractor may use gas-powered pumps to clear the water out so work can begin even if it isn't safe to use the electricity in your home. Care must be taken during this stage to avoid contaminants and creatures that might be in the water or hiding in your home.

Dry Out Dampness

Once the water is gone, it's time to dry out your house. This includes pulling water out of the carpet or flooring and removing water under the floor, in the crawlspace, or between the walls. This work needs to be done as quickly as possible because the damp conditions in your home encourage mold growth. The contractor will use water extraction machines and heavy-duty fans to get the area dry so the house can be inspected and repaired.

Remove Damaged Items

Next, the decision has to be made on what needs to be thrown out. It may be easier to throw out your carpet rather than save it. The same is true with your upholstered furniture if it was exposed to contaminated water. Drywall will probably have to be removed since it absorbs water and swells out of shape when it gets wet. Once everything is out of the house that will be trashed, disinfection can begin. All the surfaces in your home that were in contact with the floodwater are considered contaminated. This is because of the unclean nature of water that floods in from outdoors and because of the growth of bacteria in the water once it stagnated in your home. Disinfection also kills mold spores so mold doesn't begin growing in your ducts or other unseen places later. Plus, it gets rid of foul odors left from the flood.

Restore The House

The final step is to rebuild the parts of your home that need it. In addition to new drywall, your home may need new flooring as well as cosmetic work like painting or wallpapering. Some wood may be destroyed due to prolonged dampness. Each case is different and it depends on how long your home was flooded. You may not need much done when it comes to restoration or you may need to have a lot of your home rebuilt to get it back to its original condition.

Recovering from flood damage usually takes some time. You may be anxious to get inside and get started, but be sure to keep safety precautions in mind. Don't enter your home until the authorities give you permission and make sure the electricity is off. Watch out for snakes and other wildlife that may have come in with the water and protect yourself from contamination and mold.

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