The majority of individuals want to get back into their businesses and homes after the floodwaters have receded and they’ve completed the cleanup. The primary concern when it comes to water damage restoration in West Palm Beach is when you have wood in your office or home. If it has been soaked in water, it will most certainly absorb a significant amount of moisture. Mold growth, bug infestations, and wood and wall covering deterioration can all occur if you don’t rapidly address these issues after a flood.
Water Damage Restoration To-Dos
Check and Remove
Because floodwaters are murky and unclean, most porous construction materials must be removed and replaced. Check for structural and electrical damage from the outside to see if it’s safe to access.
Remember that electrical safety is crucial during floods. Likewise, check for any fire dangers and gas leaks. If possible, use battery-operated light sources only. In doing whatever it is you’re doing, don’t forget to wear goggles, rubber gloves, and sturdy footwear to shield your eyes.
Check Your Flood Insurance
If you have flood insurance, contact your agent as soon as possible. While waiting for professional help, start cleaning, salvaging, and drying as quickly as possible. Do not wait for the professional to arrive. You can assemble a photo album to serve as an inventory.
- Cleaning the house will allow the adjuster to see the damage.
- Keep any damaged materials as evidence of loss.
- When the adjuster arrives, leave a phone number where you may be reached.
Before accessing the premises for the first time, make sure all electric and gas utilities are turned off. Likewise, prior to reconnecting the system, have an electrician check for grounding and other potentially dangerous issues.
Sanitation of Food and Water
Purify your water until your local water company, utility, or public health department considers it safe to cook and drink, as well as for washing any dishes or part of your body.
- Water: Using a clean cloth or filter, strain the water, then boil it quickly for one minute and let it cool. If boiling isn’t an option, use fresh unscented liquid chlorine bleach (8 drops or 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of clear water). Stir and set aside for 30 minutes. The use of iodine and purifying tablets is not advised.
- Food: Commercially prepared meals in all-metal cans can be kept provided the labels are removed. The cans should be properly washed, rinsed, and disinfected using a sanitizing solution of 1 tablespoon bleach per gallon of potable water.
Carpets and Furnishings
All furniture, bedding, and carpeting should be taken outside to be cleaned, dried, or discarded. Because flood water may contain toxins, it is best to clean and sanitize flooded carpets and rugs. Carpet pads that have been flooded should always be destroyed and replaced.
After the flooding has subsided, remove rugs, carpets, and pads soaked in water within 48 hours. Spread rugs and carpets outside if salvaging is possible. If it’s too hard for you to handle, have it professionally cleaned or use a broom to work in carpet shampoo. To sanitize, thoroughly rinse with a solution of 1 gallon water and 2 tablespoons liquid household chlorine bleach. However, make sure the bleach is safe to use on colored materials.
More Information About Water Damage Restoration in West Palm Beach
Aside from the list mentioned above, there are other ways to address water damage. Contact our professionals at Dean Mitchell Group for more information.