How to Start Your Flooded House Clean Up

You don’t have to be near major water sources to experience flood damage. Besides the damage caused by ground water, you can also experience flood damage from extreme weather, appliance malfunctions or busted pipes.

Flood problems can range from frustrating to life-altering for homeowners. If you are dealing with flood damage, you’re understandably upset about your circumstances. Don’t let that paralyze you, though.

Utah Flood Cleanup can assist you with this process, taking an unnecessary burden off you and your family. Here are also some things that you’ll need to do right after the flood to ensure that things get back to normal again soon.

Flood Damage Control Tips & Advice

How to Clean Up After a Flood

  1. Safety First

    The very first step that you can take after a flood is to ensure the safety of you and your family. Carefully assess your situation to avoid potential electrocution or entering a home that could collapse due to structural weakness. If you can do so safely, turn all power off as this will not only protect you from electrical shock but from the potential of a house fire.

    Check for obvious structural damage which could include holes, areas that looked warped or foundation elements that have cracked or loosened. Additionally, be sure to inspect your gas, electric, water and sewer lines. If you notice anything unusual, contact your utility company to get their opinion.

  2. Document the Flood Damage

    The first steps that you took were mainly for bodily protection. Now that you’re safe, your next priority is financial safety or security. You’ll need to document all damage to your home exactly how it looked after the flooding occurred. It’s human nature to want to reach in there and fix everything that you can right away. Resist this urge because it could cost you financially if you do.

    Document all damage as it was at its worst so that the level of insurance coverage you receive will be at its best. If you drain water or take out damaged possessions before recording, you could risk losing the money you could have received for restorative measures. Digital documents are best since they can easily be duplicated, stored and sent; take pictures with a digital camera and include video footage if possible. You want to leave no doubt in the minds of your insurers as to exactly what happened and the level of severity at which it occurred.

  3. Health Concerns After a Flood

    Depending on the nature of the flooding that you experience, household cleaners or sewage could end up in your water. Water contamination is a common concern when flooding occurs.

    Here are a few steps you can take to protect your health.

    • Wear gloves and waders to protect against contaminants.
    • Boil your water until you’re told that it is safe to drink.
    • Discard any food items touched by flood waters.
  4. Prevent Mold Growth After a Flood

    Flooding can be a nightmare for homeowners, and one of the most significant concerns after a flood is the growth of mold. Mold not only damages your property but also poses health risks to you and your family. Therefore, it is crucial to take immediate action to prevent mold growth after a flood. Here are some steps you can take:

    • Remove excess water: The sooner you eliminate the excess water, the less chance mold has to flourish.
    • Dry the affected areas: After removing the water, thoroughly dry the affected areas and any belongings that got wet. We advise you to monitor humidity levels to ensure they stay between 30-50%, as mold thrives in damp environments.
    • Dispose of damaged items: Any items that cannot be dried and cleaned within 48 hours should be discarded. Mold can grow quickly in porous materials like carpets, insulation, and drywall.
    • Clean and sanitize: Clean all hard surfaces, including walls, floors, and furniture, using a mixture of detergent and water. Then, sanitize the surfaces with a bleach solution (1 cup of bleach per gallon of water) or a commercial disinfectant.
  5. Claiming Insurance and Disaster Relief After a Flood

    Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible in the event of flood damage. Standard homeowners’ policies generally do not cover groundwater flood damage. This is something you can discuss with your agent as well as any plans you may have to repair items in your home. It doesn’t hurt to document any interaction that you have with your agent.

    If the area you live in is declared a disaster area, you may be able to get financial assistance even if you aren’t insured. You can contact FEMA to find out more if you suspect that this is true of your situation.

  6. Additional Risks from Flood Damage

    Carefully remove all water from your home by use of a shop vacuum or sump pump. If you don’t remove water quickly, you could end up with a major mold problem. You can make small holes in your drywall to release water at ground level. Mold can begin as early as a day after your initial flooding takes place, especially in hot weather.

    You’ll also want to remove anything that is water logged, clean it, dry it or throw it away. One major caution is never to mix ammonia and bleach once you start cleaning as this creates a highly toxic solution. Try using a pine oil cleaner with a small amount of bleach to help disinfect surfaces.

Call Utah Flood Cleanup 24/7 For Emergency Cleanup Service After a Flood

Have you experienced flood damage and need help with home restoration? Utah Flood Cleanup will be happy to assist you. We can meet whatever challenges you are facing such as restoring structural integrity to your home, electrical rewiring, mold elimination and more. You will receive many benefits from us including a free consultation, a five-year guarantee, financing and the ability to contact us 24/7. We can also assist you in the event of a fire. If you have any questions about how we can serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us here, or call 801-416-2666.

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I had the chance to meet and work with Chris today. He was exceptional. He stopped to take the time to talk through all my concerns. And even gave me the pep talk I needed that everything was going to be okay, even with my insurance not being quick to communicate. Couldn't be happier with the quality of Utah Flood Company's team. They are all top notch!
Cindy Yearley
Cindy Yearley
22:13 18 Jul 24
Memo, Isaac, and Manny are amazing. They came out assessed the damage and started the tear out immediately. They are great at communicating what's steps are needed and how we need to proceed on our end.
Barbara Hake
Barbara Hake
04:38 28 Jun 24
Manni and Memo came out to our home for a flood we had in the basement. They were incredible gentleman who helped us with everything and walked us through DIY steps for us to do in order to save money. I will absolutely recommend this company to anyone!
Lee Lasrich
Lee Lasrich
22:48 30 Apr 24
I was corrected and they are still in business. Talked to Daryl and he’s a great guy. Would definitely send work his way if I ever need it.
Robert Mixon
Robert Mixon
22:36 07 Mar 23
We had a leak in our roof while we were out of town. Daryl was so helpful and responded quickly so we were able to get our wood floor dried out to avoid damage to the floor. He was very professional and knew exactly what needed to be done.
Gary Hatch
Gary Hatch
22:52 07 Jun 22
I contact Daryl about wanting to have a mold inspection done in my crawl space. He was incredibly nice and immediately booked at time with me. When he arrived at the house, he carefully did his work, showed me the results of the tests. Thankfully there was no mold. But, even better, he took the time to show me and explain a few areas of concern for the future. Really incredible service. I wish everyone was so professional. I couldn't recommend someone more highly. 5 star!
rhayesparton
rhayesparton
23:22 13 May 22
Daryl with Utah Flood Clean Up, came to inspect a previous roof leak that had left some moisture in our walls. He was very honest about his findings and detailed with the information for removing it! I am a General Contractor and I won’t use anyone else!
Garry Naccarato
Garry Naccarato
14:11 23 Apr 22
My experience with this company is that they are honest and great to work with. Very refreshing to have someone you can trust.
Trevor Heaton
Trevor Heaton
19:44 06 May 20
Called for some detailed information about mold/removal. Daryl was busy, but called back just a few minutes later and spent time answering ALL my questions. He was very knowledgable and patient. Thank you Daryl.
Diane G
Diane G
18:00 17 Apr 20
Sadly, I've had to use Utah Flood Cleanup 4 times in the last year! I really appreciate how quickly they responded to each casualty. They were there right away! Daryl, the owner, gave me a price that was half of the other quote I got, and his men are professionals... not kids who don't have a clue. Plus, he included more "fixes" in his quote for less money. He is very knowledgeable and I felt very confident in his recommendations. He also worked directly with our insurance adjuster so that I didn't have to! I highly recommend this company.
Ashton Carrington
Ashton Carrington
16:09 16 Apr 20
I called Utah Flood Cleanup when I had a leak in the kitchen that drained down into the basement. Daryl came out shortly after speaking to me on the phone! He was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He quickly and thoroughly assessed the situation, explaining everything he did as he went along. I was very impressed with how thorough he was in his examination of the damage. He let me know up front what I was looking at and I felt he was very honest and reasonable. I've had other companies out who seem to know very little and just want to start ripping everything out at once! Daryl explained and showed me why he recommended what he did and I felt very comfortable and confident in his recommendations. I highly recommend this company!! You won't be sorry.
Jo Carrington
Jo Carrington
03:09 08 Jun 19
Call these guys for the best knowledge and serve for water damage or mold.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
18:58 26 Jan 19
We wanted our house checked for mold due to a moderately high mold count in the air sample. They were very thorough and found only one small spot in the bathroom that needed attention. They advised on our options for dealing with it and did not propose expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Heather Steed
Heather Steed
02:09 16 Aug 18
We absolutely love Utah Flood Cleanup, they come in and take all the problems over. The headache of insurance companies, they pack your items up, the clean up and restoration, and they even move all the items back in. All of there staff are professional and very knowledgeable, they layout a reasonable budget and fight against the insurance to get your house to the best finished state. All of there sub contractors are fast and experts in their fields, this company only uses professional tradesman. We really appreciate all that the Utah Flood Cleanup guys have done for us.
Kit Cc
Kit Cc
03:27 15 Aug 16
Josh and Sam came to inspect the mold we found. They were on time, considerate and knowledgeable about our situation. They presented our options and recommendations to treat the issue. I will recommend Utah Disaster to my friends and family.
Connie Pinnell
Connie Pinnell
18:16 08 Jun 16
Jaxon came and assessed water damage in our basement. They were very helpful and went out of their way to make the experience as painless as possible. Very responsive when questions came up and they were never pushy, which I appreciate.
Aimee Hollingsworth
Aimee Hollingsworth
19:48 01 Jun 16
Jaxon was great, he answered his phone at 6:30 am and was out in an hour and got my basement cleaned up
neil norton
neil norton
14:55 31 May 16
Within the last year we had a major flood in the basement, and just today had another water issue that flooded a smaller portion of the basement. I called The Flood Company immediately and they were on-site within an hour or so. I'm extremely pleased with The Flood Co. The professionalism and expertise demonstrate by Jackson and Sam put my mind at ease, knowing we would be taken care of well. I would recommend The Flood Company to anyone in need of these services. They get a five star rating from us!
William Hansen
William Hansen
03:03 26 May 16
My main water line broke and our crawl space was flooding. I called my insurance company and they recommended these guys. Sam and Jesus showed up and got things taken care of. They stopped the water line and put fans to dry the area. The insurance process was super smooth I'm glad I called them!
Karla Maquin
Karla Maquin
04:11 06 May 16
Utah Flood Cleanup is amazing! Josh and Jesus stopped by after their shift and were kind enough to give us a free inspection of our flood problem. Our little 4 year old thought he'd make a sauna in the bathroom. He flipped the shower on and walked away. We never heard the water running and came upstairs to put my daughter to bed. Sure enough, the shower was pointed into the bathroom and flooded the whole thing. Josh and Jesus came out got the whole place inspected, pulled out themal meters and moisture meters and confirmed there was water damage (and old mold growth from previous spills). They grabbed their tools and began demolishing the floor themselves, right then and there so we could get fans on it to prevent future mold growth. I hope I never have another flood but if I do, I'm definitely calling them again! They're the best!!~~~
Jessica Means
Jessica Means
01:49 22 Apr 16
These guys are great to work with and really go above and beyond to serve their customers.
Zack Adams
Zack Adams
17:36 16 Dec 15
I called in the morning and they came that afternoon. Chris and Jesus came. They were professional, polite, knowledgeable and they quickly got the place all cleaned up and prepped for the repair. Then they recommended some handymen to do the repair. I hired Hank and he was great too. Did the whole job in one day.
Alan Green
Alan Green
20:37 16 Oct 15
You showed up to our house based upon little information. When you got here you went right to work looking to see what was going on. With being a family of 7, it can be a scramble being out of a bathroom and no shower. You were excellent and so kind on letting us know what our options are and what you can do to resolve the problem in our basement bathroom. With being in our new home, not even making a second mortgage payment yet, it is hard to discover there is mold and a water leak through out the basement bathroom and laundry room. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to come to our house. My brother in law referred us to you, and it was the best referral, so thank you very much.
Ashley Metz
Ashley Metz
22:39 30 Sep 15

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I had the chance to meet and work with Chris today. He was exceptional. He stopped to take the time to talk through all my concerns. And even gave me the pep talk I needed that everything was going to be okay, even with my insurance not being quick to communicate. Couldn't be happier with the quality of Utah Flood Company's team. They are all top notch!
Cindy Yearley
Cindy Yearley
22:13 18 Jul 24
Memo, Isaac, and Manny are amazing. They came out assessed the damage and started the tear out immediately. They are great at communicating what's steps are needed and how we need to proceed on our end.
Barbara Hake
Barbara Hake
04:38 28 Jun 24
Manni and Memo came out to our home for a flood we had in the basement. They were incredible gentleman who helped us with everything and walked us through DIY steps for us to do in order to save money. I will absolutely recommend this company to anyone!
Lee Lasrich
Lee Lasrich
22:48 30 Apr 24
I was corrected and they are still in business. Talked to Daryl and he’s a great guy. Would definitely send work his way if I ever need it.
Robert Mixon
Robert Mixon
22:36 07 Mar 23
We had a leak in our roof while we were out of town. Daryl was so helpful and responded quickly so we were able to get our wood floor dried out to avoid damage to the floor. He was very professional and knew exactly what needed to be done.
Gary Hatch
Gary Hatch
22:52 07 Jun 22
I contact Daryl about wanting to have a mold inspection done in my crawl space. He was incredibly nice and immediately booked at time with me. When he arrived at the house, he carefully did his work, showed me the results of the tests. Thankfully there was no mold. But, even better, he took the time to show me and explain a few areas of concern for the future. Really incredible service. I wish everyone was so professional. I couldn't recommend someone more highly. 5 star!
rhayesparton
rhayesparton
23:22 13 May 22
Daryl with Utah Flood Clean Up, came to inspect a previous roof leak that had left some moisture in our walls. He was very honest about his findings and detailed with the information for removing it! I am a General Contractor and I won’t use anyone else!
Garry Naccarato
Garry Naccarato
14:11 23 Apr 22
My experience with this company is that they are honest and great to work with. Very refreshing to have someone you can trust.
Trevor Heaton
Trevor Heaton
19:44 06 May 20
Called for some detailed information about mold/removal. Daryl was busy, but called back just a few minutes later and spent time answering ALL my questions. He was very knowledgable and patient. Thank you Daryl.
Diane G
Diane G
18:00 17 Apr 20
Sadly, I've had to use Utah Flood Cleanup 4 times in the last year! I really appreciate how quickly they responded to each casualty. They were there right away! Daryl, the owner, gave me a price that was half of the other quote I got, and his men are professionals... not kids who don't have a clue. Plus, he included more "fixes" in his quote for less money. He is very knowledgeable and I felt very confident in his recommendations. He also worked directly with our insurance adjuster so that I didn't have to! I highly recommend this company.
Ashton Carrington
Ashton Carrington
16:09 16 Apr 20
I called Utah Flood Cleanup when I had a leak in the kitchen that drained down into the basement. Daryl came out shortly after speaking to me on the phone! He was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He quickly and thoroughly assessed the situation, explaining everything he did as he went along. I was very impressed with how thorough he was in his examination of the damage. He let me know up front what I was looking at and I felt he was very honest and reasonable. I've had other companies out who seem to know very little and just want to start ripping everything out at once! Daryl explained and showed me why he recommended what he did and I felt very comfortable and confident in his recommendations. I highly recommend this company!! You won't be sorry.
Jo Carrington
Jo Carrington
03:09 08 Jun 19
Call these guys for the best knowledge and serve for water damage or mold.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
18:58 26 Jan 19
We wanted our house checked for mold due to a moderately high mold count in the air sample. They were very thorough and found only one small spot in the bathroom that needed attention. They advised on our options for dealing with it and did not propose expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Heather Steed
Heather Steed
02:09 16 Aug 18
We absolutely love Utah Flood Cleanup, they come in and take all the problems over. The headache of insurance companies, they pack your items up, the clean up and restoration, and they even move all the items back in. All of there staff are professional and very knowledgeable, they layout a reasonable budget and fight against the insurance to get your house to the best finished state. All of there sub contractors are fast and experts in their fields, this company only uses professional tradesman. We really appreciate all that the Utah Flood Cleanup guys have done for us.
Kit Cc
Kit Cc
03:27 15 Aug 16
Josh and Sam came to inspect the mold we found. They were on time, considerate and knowledgeable about our situation. They presented our options and recommendations to treat the issue. I will recommend Utah Disaster to my friends and family.
Connie Pinnell
Connie Pinnell
18:16 08 Jun 16
Jaxon came and assessed water damage in our basement. They were very helpful and went out of their way to make the experience as painless as possible. Very responsive when questions came up and they were never pushy, which I appreciate.
Aimee Hollingsworth
Aimee Hollingsworth
19:48 01 Jun 16
Jaxon was great, he answered his phone at 6:30 am and was out in an hour and got my basement cleaned up
neil norton
neil norton
14:55 31 May 16
Within the last year we had a major flood in the basement, and just today had another water issue that flooded a smaller portion of the basement. I called The Flood Company immediately and they were on-site within an hour or so. I'm extremely pleased with The Flood Co. The professionalism and expertise demonstrate by Jackson and Sam put my mind at ease, knowing we would be taken care of well. I would recommend The Flood Company to anyone in need of these services. They get a five star rating from us!
William Hansen
William Hansen
03:03 26 May 16
My main water line broke and our crawl space was flooding. I called my insurance company and they recommended these guys. Sam and Jesus showed up and got things taken care of. They stopped the water line and put fans to dry the area. The insurance process was super smooth I'm glad I called them!
Karla Maquin
Karla Maquin
04:11 06 May 16
Utah Flood Cleanup is amazing! Josh and Jesus stopped by after their shift and were kind enough to give us a free inspection of our flood problem. Our little 4 year old thought he'd make a sauna in the bathroom. He flipped the shower on and walked away. We never heard the water running and came upstairs to put my daughter to bed. Sure enough, the shower was pointed into the bathroom and flooded the whole thing. Josh and Jesus came out got the whole place inspected, pulled out themal meters and moisture meters and confirmed there was water damage (and old mold growth from previous spills). They grabbed their tools and began demolishing the floor themselves, right then and there so we could get fans on it to prevent future mold growth. I hope I never have another flood but if I do, I'm definitely calling them again! They're the best!!~~~
Jessica Means
Jessica Means
01:49 22 Apr 16
These guys are great to work with and really go above and beyond to serve their customers.
Zack Adams
Zack Adams
17:36 16 Dec 15
I called in the morning and they came that afternoon. Chris and Jesus came. They were professional, polite, knowledgeable and they quickly got the place all cleaned up and prepped for the repair. Then they recommended some handymen to do the repair. I hired Hank and he was great too. Did the whole job in one day.
Alan Green
Alan Green
20:37 16 Oct 15
You showed up to our house based upon little information. When you got here you went right to work looking to see what was going on. With being a family of 7, it can be a scramble being out of a bathroom and no shower. You were excellent and so kind on letting us know what our options are and what you can do to resolve the problem in our basement bathroom. With being in our new home, not even making a second mortgage payment yet, it is hard to discover there is mold and a water leak through out the basement bathroom and laundry room. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to come to our house. My brother in law referred us to you, and it was the best referral, so thank you very much.
Ashley Metz
Ashley Metz
22:39 30 Sep 15

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