It's been a painfully long time since we have seen the rain. And yet, when we think that it might be safe to let our guard down and enjoy some water-free days, there comes another storm warning. So it's no wonder why many homeowners feel a sense of dread at the thought of flooding in their homes. But there is hope! In this blog post, we will discuss how you can make sure your home is protected from future floods by taking steps today to avoid them in the future, as well as what you need to do after a flood has actually happened.
1. Flood Cleanup
Floods can happen at any time of year, so always be prepared and keep alert. Flood clean-up is not something you want to tackle alone, if possible. The best thing you can do after a flood calls for professional help as soon as possible.
2. What To Do When You've Been Flooded
Before you start, make sure your home is safe and secure. The first thing you need to do is to make a list of what needs to be cleaned up. Start with the most important things first, such as food and water. If you have pets, make sure they are safe from any chemicals or other substances that could harm them. Turn off the power and gas to your home if it is safe to do so. Shut down the water supply from the main valve or turn on a sprinkler system.
3. How To Prevent Flooding In The Future
You cannot prevent flooding in the future, but you can be prepared for future floods before one even occurs. It would be best to keep in mind some of the things that need to be checked or inspected. If you have a basement, inspect and waterproof the walls and windows that collect water when it rains or snows heavily. Store items in containers to protect them from moisture damage. Ensure these containers can be sealed so water doesn't get in another way, like through the drain.
4. Tips For Cleaning Up After A Flood
Remove as much of the water as possible from the basement, crawlspace, or other areas that have been flooded. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any standing water left on floors and carpets. Once the water has been removed from your home, you can begin cleaning up.
Don't forget to dispose of a biohazard or hazardous material, such as broken glass and chemicals. Please don't mix them! You could also have medical waste that needs to be disposed of separately from regular garbage.
Remove all wet materials from the house, including insulation and carpeting. Clean up with a detergent mixture and bleach before drying out the remaining moisture in walls with fans or dehumidifiers. Keep all food stored in sealed containers or plastic bags to prevent contamination. Clean out cabinets and drawers thoroughly to remove any water-damaged items that may still harbor mold or mildew. Finally, get rid of anything damaged by floodwaters, including clothing, furniture, and appliances.
5. How To Make Sure Your Home Is Safe And Dry Again
Make sure to keep an eye on water levels and your gutters as the floodwaters recede to ensure you don't experience another flood anytime soon. Watch the news for any advisory or warning regarding hurricanes, heavy rainstorms, and other natural disasters that could result in another flood.
6. Call Undercut Junk Removal!
If you have too much junk to handle independently and need professionals to help you clean your home from floods, Undercut Junk Removal is the team to call. We will assist in whole house cleanouts, garage cleanouts, and estate cleanouts in Manhasset, NY, and surrounding areas. With a wide range of experience, our knowledgeable staff can remove all types of junk from your property. We have the knowledge and equipment needed to complete any job successfully, no matter what shape it’s in! For more information, visit our website www.undercutjunkremoval.com or give us a call at 516-317-6203.