Flooded Property – What to Do First

Recovering from a flooded property is an emotional, painful process. However, acting quickly prevents more damage from happening. As soon as you call TASCH, We have the staff and experience to begin the restoration process by removing all damaged building materials including flooring, sheetrock, wall coverings and insulation from a flooded property.

Here are some great tips that will help you along the way.

Flooded property recovery process.

The water damage recovery process in a residential home. The flooring is removed and the rooms are disenfected. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers is placed in the room for the drying and restoration process. The process can last 3 days.

Clear Out Flooded Property

Safety first: wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and gloves. Make tough choices: Decide what can be saved and what can’t. Throw away anything permeable to water: upholstered furniture,books and papers, rugs, kitchen utensils. Think of refrigerators as biological time-bombs. Unplug them and throw everything inside it away. If in doubt, throw it out.

Remove debris and water from floors as quickly as possible. Shovel out as much mud as much as you can. If you have running water, hose down the floors and wash the mud out the doors. Use a squeegee mop and wet vac to remove remaining water.

Drying Out

Moving air is your best friend. However, don’t use HVAC units until the ducts have been inspected and cleared of debris and possible bacteria. Start running fans, dehumidifiers and window units that have not been affected by flood water as soon as it is safe to do so.

Chemical dehumidifying packets, called desiccants, will help absorb moisture in enclosed areas of a flooded property with no moving air like closets. Marine supply stores should have dehumidifying desiccant packs in stock. Remember to place a pan beneath thee packets to catch the water they attract.

Cleaning Up

Hard, non-porous surfaces must be disinfected. WARNING: In the mad dash to clean up, it’s easy to accidentally mix potentially toxic cleaning agents. Mixing bleach and ammonia is extremely dangerous, since toxic vapors will be produced. Nonporous surfaces like ceramic tile, Corian counter-tops and stainless steel are nonporous, and can be cleaned as normal. However the porous grout will require special attention.

Don’t Take Chances

Since 1976 TASCH, LLC has been Louisiana’s locally owned and operated flooded property restoration specialists. We are a fully licensed for commercial building, residential building, commercial & residential drywall, commercial & residential painting and mold remediation. With qualified crews directed by top notch project managers, TASCH is equipped and ready to help property owners with their immediate issues and long-term restoration of their homes and businesses. Contact us today to schedule your property inspection.