Your House Is Flooded, Now What?

Have you suffered from a flooded house? Flooding can probably occur from constant rains or broken water pipes. No matter how it happened, there is one thing certain, you have to do some major cleanup. Where do you begin to deal with a flooded house cleanup? Here is how to go about it.

How to Get Rid of Water
Well, the first thing you need to do is rid your basement of the water. After you have made sure all power to the house has been shut off, bring in a gas powered water pump. With the pump, rid your home of the water slowly. By doing it slowly, you avoid further damage to your property. What kind of damage can be sustained by pumping water out too fast? Walls can crack, and floors can be pushed out of place. Pump about a third of the water out each day.

Sanitizing the House
The next step in flooded house cleanup is to clean up the mud and trash while it is still damp. If it’s allowed to dry, you will have a harder time in dealing with the cleanup. While it is damp, get a water hose to help you get rid of it. Be sure to clean the walls thoroughly if sewage also was in the house. You will need to use some disinfectant on the walls and floors to cleanse it.

Drying Out the House
Be sure you have pumps to get rid of the water. You also want a long enough hose that will drain the water away from your home. Using a broom, sweep the water into a sump hole. Provided you own a wet/dry vacuum, use it to remove the rest of the water.
Once the floor of the house is clear of water, use the dehumidifier to get rid of the moisture that is left. If your dehumidifier has a drain fitting, place a hose on it to pump out the water.

How can you avoid having to go through a flooded house cleanup?
Look at several factors that can contribute to a flooded house.

1) First, check for wall cracks. When water seeps into the ground, cracks in the foundation can bring this water in. If there are cracks, caulk it then use paint with water sealant to help out.

2) Second, check your water pipes. If they are old, they can crack open, flooding your house. To keep this from happening, replace your pipes.

3) Third, is your lawn uneven? If so, then this can cause water to seep into the house. Be sure to fill in the low-lying areas with dirt so the yard is completely even.

4) Fourth, your pipes that are lying under the house can and do sometimes stop up. When this happens, your house can become flooded. Make sure you do not flush anything down the lines that shouldn’t be going down them.

If you are constantly doing a flooded cleanup, locate the reason behind it. Once you do that, your days of doing flooded basement duty can be shorter. Above all else, take precautions when you are cleaning up the house. Not only shut off the power but also wash your hands thoroughly to keep from getting sick from the water.