The rainy season in your area can be met with a variety of different emotions, many times it’s a relief from the hot summer, but other times it brings the worry of storms and major flooding. Rain is necessary to replenish the earth, feed the plants, and provide drinking water for all living creatures, but in abundance it can wreak havoc on your life, and especially your home. When you get too much rain, that then causes flooding into your home, the ensuing damage could result in health problems for you and your family, in addition to extensive repairs needed for your house. Let’s take a look at a few steps that you need to be aware of after you’ve had flooding in and around your home.
The first order of business, of course, is to completely remove all the remaining water from your home, being careful to get every last drop from behind cabinets, interior wall spaces, and any other possible hiding places. Any leftover water will remain to soak in and create mold, which can be highly dangerous to you and your family. If this means cutting back drywall to 6 inches above the high water line, then pulling out wet insulation, then that’s what needs to be done. Insulation has a tendency to hold moisture and create a breeding ground for mold and mildew as can sheet rock as well.
Once all the areas that have been affected by water are open, it’s time to bring in large commercial grade fans and run them until everything is absolutely, completely dry. If this task sounds too large or daunting for you to engage, it would be a good time to get some estimates from a qualified flood damage repair company. They have all the equipment, pumps, fans, moisture meters, and other high tech water extraction tools to complete the job in a timely manner while doing least amount of damage to your home as possible. They are also trained in finding any and all of the remaining water that could be hiding in sub-floors and wall cavities that needs to be extracted.
Obviously having your house damaged by water can be a traumatic experience, however, knowing when to call in professionals and have the cleanup job done right, to protect your family and your home from damage or health problems can be well worth the investment.