If your home or business becomes flooded, it can cause very extensive damage. Cleaning up after a flood should be done as soon as possible to prevent further loss or damage of your belongings. However, it is extremely important to take precautions to ensure this job is done safely. These are some necessary safety measures that should be taken before water damage cleanup begins.
Turn Off All Electrical Power To The Flooded Area
If flooding has occurred in a section of your home or business that has electrical power, it is of the utmost importance that you turn off all circuit breakers to this area. Never enter a flooded room that has active electrical outlets or light switches and fixtures.
Assess the Damage
Examine the flooded area closely to ensure there are no weak floors, ceilings or walls that could be hazardous. This should also be done before entering a water damaged area to prevent the risk of falling through a weak floor or having weak ceilings or walls come crashing down on you.
Wear Protective Covering
Be sure to put on a face mask, gloves, and waterproof boots before attempting a water damage cleanup. A long sleeved shirt and long pants should also be worn to cover your skin. Harmful bacteria grows quickly in wet areas. It is very important to take precautions to not breathe in this bacteria or allow it to touch your skin.
Unplug All Electronics
All electronics and electrical appliances should be unplugged promptly once the electrical breakers to the area have been turned off. This prevents them from shorting out and becoming a fire hazard after the water damage cleanup is completed. The more quickly you can remove electrically powered items from the water, the more likely they may be salvaged.
Watch For Broken Glass
Flood waters often come inside a structure quickly and aggressively. This can easily break any glass items or fixtures that may be in the area. Look closely for broken glass and sweep it up to prevent any accidental cuts. Broken glass may also be covered in harmful bacteria that could lead to dangerous infections should you get cut.
Once the water damage cleanup is completed, it is also necessary to disinfect the flooded area. This prevents the growth of mold which can also be very hazardous if inhaled. There are various disinfectants available that are safe to use but also designed to be strong enough to prevent mold from developing.
Your best bet is to rely on the services of a professional, such as RTC Restoration.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.