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How To Clean Your House After a Flood

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Cleanup Process After A Flood

If your house in Southwest Anaheim, CA was hit by a home flood, the cleanup may seem endless. You may thus be wondering how much of your house you actually have to clean. Some people may specifically want to skip scrubbing crawl spaces or other areas underneath the home.
However, cleaning under the house is a vital part of the restoration process. In fact, you need to dry and disinfect the entire home to prevent the growth of mold. Mildew and mold can thrive in numerous locations after a flood, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Attics
  • Carpeting
  • Upholstered or wood furniture

In fact, many materials can develop mold if they remain damp for extended periods of time. A professional restoration company can come in and make your house feel like a home again. While you wait for the pros to show up, however, you should disinfect and dry your home to prevent the spread of mold.

What To Discard

Certain belongings may need to be thrown out after a home flood. Specifically, porous materials such as furniture can trap mold spores, so you might want to get rid of these items. Carpet may also need to be discarded since drying it off won't eliminate mold spores.

How To Clean and Disinfect

Objects made of nonporous or hard materials, including plastic, glass and metal, can typically be reused after a flood as long as they are disinfected and cleaned first. Make sure to use soap or detergent without ammonia to wipe down all surfaces.
To make disinfectant, mix a gallon of water with 1.5 cups of bleach. After cleaning, you should let the wet items dry for several days, though you can use a dehumidifier or fan to dry areas more quickly.
Cleaning your house after a home flood is a complicated process. While you can take some initial steps to disinfect certain areas and prevent the growth of mold, you should also contact a storm damage restoration company to get your residence back to normal.

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