Major flooding has plagued many recently but even after the waters recede, recovery for most will come with challenges. If your home is flooded there is a good chance that you will end up with mold.
Mold can start to grow quickly so work should be started as soon as it is safe to re-enter your house. Many will elect to hire professionals to do the necessary mold remediation and clean up after flooding which is what we recommend.
Others will try to tackle this huge project on their own. Either way it is a big job with specific things that need to be done to give you peace of mind of knowing that your home will be completely safe to continue living in.
Actions you need to take once it is safe to begin work on your flooded dwelling:
Wear a Mask or Respirator and Other Appropriate Safety Gear
Get Dry Items Out of House
Moving these items out of the house can protect them while the cleanup continues.
Get Wet items Out of House
Let those dry and decide on what to keep and what to toss once the house is cleaned up.
Remove Flood Water
From buckets and mops to pumps, all the water has got to go.
Dry Out Your Home
Drying out your abode as soon as possible is key to helping prevent mold from getting a foothold in your home. If the outside air is hot too humid, open windows to ventilate your house. Of course, fans, heaters and dehumidifiers will help to dry out your home faster.
Remove Wet Carpet
If the carpet is wet from flooding it needs to go.
Remove Wet Drywall
Wet sections of drywalled walls need to be cut away. Generally this is the bottom section of the wall and you’ll need to cut away the bottom section of drywall that’s at least 12 inches above where it got wet. Sections where mold is present need to be replaced as well.
Once surfaces in your home have dried you can begin to clean and disinfect them. Regular household cleaners and disinfectants are generally good to use. Most non-porous items can be cleaned with detergents but porous items which absorbed water and can’t be dried thoroughly within 24-48 hours may have a date with the landfill. Of course clothes and linens can be washed as normal but it’s a good idea to get those clean as soon as possible.
To help prevent mold, you need to wash and disinfect every surface in your home including floors, walls, shelves and closets.
Any mold that survives the initial cleaning will have to be dealt with after the home is dry.
Before you move back into your home it must be dried out and mold free.