Post-Flood Cleaning Tips

When flash floods come through the Kansas City metro, a lot of damage is done to homes and buildings in the area. With floodwater comes many toxic, unhealthy contaminants. When the flood hits your home, it causes serious damage to your items, the structure of your home, as well as the overall health of your home.

Without properly disposing of flood-affected items and cleaning your home, further damage could occur including mold, mildew, bacteria, and more. The health risks that come with these should not be taken lightly. Throat irritation, sneezing, skin irritation, allergies, and asthma are all problems that arise when mold and mildew are present in your home. This is why it is so important to be aware of the dangers of not cleaning your home after a flood, and on how to go about this. Continue reading for flood cleaning tips.

1. Dispose of Exposed Items

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Wood, upholstered furniture, and carpets are all materials that are prone to absorbing floodwaters and trapping mold. All items made of this material need to be discarded. Any stuffed animals, books, clothes, or other personal items that were exposed to flood water should be discarded as well to ensure that you are not putting yourself or your family at risk for any health issues. On the other hand, materials such as glass, metal, and plastic can usually be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as these materials are not porous enough to obtain flood water or mold in them.

2. Clean and Disinfect

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For surfaces and floors around your home that were affected by flooding, making sure you thoroughly clean and disinfect them is crucial to making sure that your home is safe to continue living in. Be sure to wear gloves and masks when cleaning so that you do not come into contact with the floodwaters or contaminants.

  • To start, go through your home looking for any flood-damaged areas and detect any smells that could be mold or mildew.
  • Sometimes, mold and mildew could be behind your walls, so inspecting carefully for
    any odors or discoloration is extremely important.
  • Use heavy-duty cleaner and water to wipe down and clean off all surfaces.
  • sump pump system for interior waterproofing in KCThen, mix 1-1/2 cups of household bleach and one gallon of water as a disinfectant, cleaning all areas of the home that have been or could have been exposed.
  • When drying out your home, be sure to open all of your windows and use fans to speed up the drying process. It could be a few days until it is fully dry.

3. Get Your Home Waterproofed

A properly functioning waterproofing system will help to channel excess water out of your home and to prevent future flooding. We offer surface drainage to direct water flow away from your foundation and prevent pooling as well as exterior waterproofing to prevent groundwater from seeping through your foundation. We also offer interior waterproofing with sump pump systems, dehumidification, and crawlspace vapor barriers to remove any water that makes its way inside and keep your basement or crawlspace dry and mold-free.

Call PFT to Help Prevent Flood Damage Today

We hope these flood cleaning tips help you return your property to a safe and comfortable point. Properly cleaning your home of exposed items and sanitizing, disinfecting, and then fully drying out the entire home itself is crucial to not only the health of your home but yours and your family’s health as well. Not going through this process could lead to more issues inside the building, leading to health problems in a matter of days. If you think your home’s structure could be damaged by flooding, don’t wait to have it inspected by a home repair professional to get it fixed and waterproofed right away.