We’ve had a crazy stretch of weather of late. We sincerely hope our neighbors have made it through so far. With more heavy rain in the forecast, we aren’t out of the woods yet, but we wanted to take a few moments to give you some DIY flood cleanup tips to have on hand when you’re ready.
Remember to Check on Your Neighbors
One of the pillars of a strong community is how we look after each other. After making sure you and yours are safe, knock on your neighbor’s doors. From helping clear debris to simply popping over with some coffee and a smile, take a moment to touch base with your neighbors and see if they need help. It’s easy to do and makes a big difference for them and our communities.
DIY Flood Cleanup Tips
- Assess the Damage: First things first – you have to take a look in and around your property. Grab some rubber boots and hip waders if you have them and start with the outside – and please be careful! The risk of falls and accidents is high. Make sure you turn your circuit breakers off if you will be exploring areas with electrical outlets and power lines. We all know water + electricity + people = bad news.
- Be Aware of Contamination: Floods often cause the overflow of sewage systems, industrial waste sites, and chemical stores. Make certain that your running water is safe for use. Take proper precautions by wearing rubber gloves during clean up, and by washing hands with warm, running water and soap frequently.
- A Quick List of Do’s:
- Walk the perimeter of your property and check for debris, assess the damage to your yard and any outdoor areas such as your patio, porch, swimming pool.
- In the house, open doors and windows for ventilation
- Drain water trapped in walls, if applicable
- Remove debris from inside the house, and check for items that may be ready to fall
- Patch walls and roofing if you are able to safely.
- Use a wet vac, dehumidifier, and other materials that absorb water (called ‘desiccants’) to begin the drying out process.
- A Quick List of Don’ts:
- DON’T (this is a big one!) go inside your home if you see structural damage such as sagging floors, sagging ceilings, etc.
- Drain the basement too quickly – it could cause the foundation to collapse.
- Don’t use your regular household vacuum to try to clean up mud and water. They aren’t made to handle that kind of debris
- Don’t leave pools of standing water. Mosquitoes love that stuff.
- Check Your Insurance Policy: You can start the cleanup process, certainly, but we strongly advise you to check with your homeowner’s insurance policy and find out what is required of you to get your home repaired. Get the most reimbursement you can.
Try to Stay Dry!
With more thunderstorms in the forecast, a little planning ahead can help minimize the damage to your home and see you through to bluer skies and sunnier days.
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