What To Do After a Basement Flood

Flooding in the home is always a serious occurrence. Water can seriously damage many things in your home. It can also create recurring damage and lead to things such as structural damage, a flooded basement, bad health and damaged possessions.

Flood water damage is usually filled with dirty contaminants. It does not matter how much items cost. Flood water takes a toll on expensive and inexpensive items. Things such as appliances, carpet, walls and furniture are easily destroyed by flood water, and this can happen with just one inch of water.

When water is higher than one inch, this usually destroys many of the electrical systems in your home. A larger amount of water has a very negative impact on heating and cooling systems and the structure of your home.

It takes time to clean up after flood water damage. It also takes skill and patience to get it done correctly. This is something that should be done by restoration professionals because it involves cleaning and making things sanitary again.

Insurance Claims

When you make an insurance report after the flooding, your agent will give you the contact information for a recommended Vancouver plumber and various restoration pros. They will determine what type of damage has occurred and take pictures that will validate the financial damage. It is imperative that they completely update their records. They must get both video and written documentation if you want your insurance claim paid.

Flood water is not the same thing as chlorinated pool water. It is a mixture of mud and water, and it goes all through your home. This is the first thing that restoration specialists get rid of by shoveling it and spraying down surfaces, which should wash off dried mud. Unfortunately, this is a very time consuming process.

Everything in your home has to be disinfected and sanitized, and this is done by using many different cleaning solutions. This involves using bleach and hot water to begin with. It is a matter of putting a quarter cup of bleach into a gallon of water. This will get rid of bacterium that is on surfaces as a result of the muddy sludge water. You must move room to room to clean all surfaces. The following is a list of tasks that you have to do in each room.

How to Clean up the Kitchen

Wash the cabinet interiors, even if water did not get into them. Do this because bacteria can also float in the air and get on plates, dishes and other items in your cabinets. Use the water and bleach mixture to clean, rinse and dry them.

You have to boil all silverware, metal utensils and metal pots for a minimum of 10 minutes. Do not use the water and bleach mixture because it will cause them to tarnish permanently.

The cabinets and counters have to be sanitized and disinfected before you can put dishes and plates back into them. Do this to get rid of bacteria that could get into your food and remain on kitchen items.

Hire a Professional

It is best to use the services of a professional plumber if you have a flooded basement or any other type of plumbing emergency. Flood waters can damage to your plumbing system too. This necessitates using the plumbing services of a professional.

Most local plumbing contractors know how to access and repair broken pipes, faulty plumbing and other items caused by a natural event. There are plenty of plumbing services and restoration companies that can help during emergencies such as these. A licensed plumber can fix repairs, and restoration companies can help to get your home back to normal.

Flood Prevention

We advise all our customers to take preventative measures and have someone preform a service such as perimeter drainage Vancouver to keep the sewer pipes clear of blockages and to check if roots have broken through the drain pipes, which can cause serious problems. Call a local drainage contractor today before it is too late. It is much easier on the wallet to pay for a drain tile flush every three – five years rather than wait for the basement to flood. Flood damage repair costs can range between $10,000 – $50,000 or more, depending on how extensive the damage is.

Mold and Mildew

Remove flood waters as soon as possible in order to avoid mold growth. Employ the services of plumbers who know how to deal with this type of emergency and other natural catastrophes. Get your home back to normal and get rid of the bacteria that is growing in your home with an experienced team.

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