Flood Damage Cleanup San Diego CA

Flood Damage Cleanup San Diego CAFlood water destroys property in a way nothing else can.  It is one of the most destructive and yet common types of natural disasters that strike homes in America.  While some homeowners are able to secure their property from flood damage cleanup and water damage, more often, flood disasters are simply unavoidable.

When the water finally recedes, the first thing homeowners want to do is get back into their homes and start over.  But to get your personal space habitable and safe you need to do a whole lot more than just drying everything out.  Rebuilding too quickly after a flooding incident can cause bigger problems (wood deterioration, insect infestation, mold growth) down the line.

To salvage as much as you can, calling in a flood damage cleanup contractor or a local restoration company is the best way to go.  Companies such as ours, have access to the most sophisticated cleaning equipment designed for water disasters.  So instead of DIY-ing the cleanup, it would be wise to hire a restoration professional as this would drastically cut down expenses in the long-run.

While waiting for the flood damage cleanup contractor, here’s what you can do to deal with water damage until help arrives:

  1. Before entering the area, evaluate safety. Inspect for electrical and structural damage from the outside.
  2. Check for gas leaks, fire hazards and electrical wires.
  3. Wear protective gear (rubber gloves, eye protection, sturdy footwear, and a face mask) to protect yourself from injury and mold inhalation.
  4. Be on the lookout for snakes, animals, and fire ants
  5. Focus on preventing mold growth. Dry your home as much as possible.  As soon as the water recedes and entering your home is safe, open windows and doors and set up fans (box fans, oscillating fans) to blow air outside. .  You don’t need to purchase fancy equipment.  Leave the fancy equipment to the professionals.  Just get the air flowing.  Blow air against walls as mold thrives in wet and dark areas.
  6. Toss items you can no longer save. Throw away carpet and padding that has been submerged. Other items that cannot be repaired or disinfected include: upholstered furniture, mattresses, rugs, stuffed toys, baby toys, pillows, cosmetics, books, wall paper, insulation, dry-wall, and most paper products.
  7. If your vents have been exposed to floodwater, don’t turn your HVAC back on until the ducts have been professionally inspected and cleaned.