Standing water from a flood can cause structural damage to your home, ruin your furnishings, and cause mold growth. Cleaning up after water damage has occurred can be an overwhelming task, but at ServiceMaster of Columbia, your go-to restoration company in Missouri, we believe you can minimize the damage if you take action quickly.
Here are a few tips for cleaning your home after water damage:
- Turn Off The Power: When your house floods, make sure you turn off your power and unplug all of your electronics. It's dangerous to clean, especially when the water has reached your power outlets or when there’s a live wire lying on the floor.
- Remove The Water: Standing water causes the drywall in your home to crumble and the wood to rot. You will need a sump pump and a few pails to remove it. Once the excess water is gone, dry the damaged area with rags and moisture absorbers. This is important as excessive moisture can provide a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and mosquitoes.
- Disinfect The Affected Area: Sanitize the places and items affected by dirty water with bleach. You can also use cleaning products specifically designed to kill harmful microorganisms; scrub the walls and floors thoroughly. Kitchen utensils and cooking equipment can be disinfected using a chlorine and water mixture.
- Remove Movable Items: Transfer all movable items such as area rugs, sofas, chairs, and carpets out of the affected area right away. You may be able to save those items if you clean and disinfect them immediately. On the other hand, damaged belongings should be thrown away properly.
Cleaning a home that has suffered water damage from flooding is a big undertaking. At ServiceMaster of Columbia, we can make the cleanup process easy and stress-free for you. Our team of professionals is well-trained to handle water and fire damage, as well as mold removal. Residents of Midway, Mexico, Ashland, and Hallsville can rely on us for the area’s best cleaning services. Call us at (573) 443-8383, or visit us online to find out how we can help you.