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The Flood Cleanup Process

6/19/2022 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a drywall. Flood cuts were performed in a home in Hyde Park, TX.

The Flood Cleanup Process

Flooding can do serious damage to your Hyde Park, TX, home. The longer it takes to clean up, the more water damage and mold growth are likely to occur. Fortunately, there are many ways that a professional restoration company can help you get your home back to normal. The following steps outline the cleanup process.

1. Dry and Tear Out
When cleaning up after a flood, it is important to dry the area as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. Pumps and specialized vacuums are used to extract standing water, and fans and dehumidifiers dry out the remaining moisture.
Walls are particularly difficult to dry. Professionals sometimes perform a flood cut. This involves tearing out the wall from the floor up to at least a foot above the water line. This allows the support beams to dry and allows unsalvageable insulation and drywall to be removed.

2. Clean
Flooding leads to contamination because floodwaters are filled with bacteria, and the water creates a perfect environment for mold growth. When the affected area is dry, visible mold should be removed. All surfaces, even those that look clean, should be disinfected. Choose a cleaner that is labeled as a disinfectant. If a large area of your home is affected by the flood, it may help to buy cleaners in bulk.

3. Restore and Replace
No matter how quickly you begin the cleanup process, there will be damage to your home. In some cases, the damage is minor and only requires a little paint. More extensive flooding may require rebuilding some features. Items that could not be fully dried and sanitized, such as electronics and porous furniture, should be replaced to avoid contamination and electrical problems.
A flood at your residence leads to water damage and other issues. Taking quick action minimizes the impact and helps you get your life back to normal sooner.

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