When a flood hits many homeowners are already going through a rough patch and have lost a lot of items that need to be replaced. This is especially true for those that do not have any kind of home insurance and therefore have to cater for everything from their pockets. When a flood occurs it is common for homeowners to want to do what they can to salvage their property, minimise the damage and get the house back to habitable order. Here are some of the common mistakes DIY homeowners make when cleaning up floods and how you can avoid them.
Waiting too long – This is one of the mistakes that you should never make. The longer you wait the bigger the damage to your house. When you wait you give the water an opportunity to spread to every other part of the house and soak up everything it finds. You also allow water to seep into the structure of the house like the drywalls and the flooring to cause extensive damage there. Even the dry walls and the hard wood floor panels can be recovered when you take swift action to get rid of the water.
Walking into a hazardous environment – there is a lot of danger that comes with floods. First of all the water from floods is considered to be black water. It can cause many health problems and proper protective clothing should be worn when in flood water. The water also can bring along animals and insects that are harmful. It is known that flood waters can come with snakes. Check out the water first to ensure that it doesn’t have any animals and pests in it. Floods may cause damage to the primary systems of the house like electricity and gas which put you in very great risk. If electrical appliances are submerged in the water there is a great risk of getting electrocuted. it is imperative that you ensure you take caution before dealing with the flood water.
Using Incorrect tools and cleaning techniques – the extense of the damage will depend solely on your response time and how fast you get rid of the water. If you are inches deep in the water, your efforts to get rid of the water will not be successful if all you have is a bucket and mops. You need for equipment to remove the water. For water that is deep, submersible pumps are your ideal equipment together with dry or wet industrial grade vacuums. You also need to ensure that you are creating the right atmosphere for accelerated drying to occur. Ensure there is air circulation and that dehumidifiers, fans and driers are running all the time.
Not paying attention to the small things – your house could become a health hazard if when you let even a small item in the house stay wet. This is because such small items can bring about mold growth which will then put your family in danger. Pay attention to the hidden areas like below the flooring boards and in between the dry walls. You should ensure that nothing has been left unturned.