One of the messiest disasters to recover from, cleaning up after a flood, can be a very painstaking and tedious process. This is due to the fact that flooding can cause significant damage to the majority of your belongings and property. Moreover, in addition to that, until the flood has been cleaned up, it can and will continue to cause damage in the future. Fortunately, Utah Flood Cleanup is at your service! Proudly serving the Utah community, we provide high-quality, flood cleanup services for a reasonable price.
What Is Flood Cleanup?
While a vast array of actions need to take place before your property can be considered safe to live in, the cleanup process is fairly straightforward. The following is an overview of the most common steps.
- Get Rid of Contaminated Mud: First and foremost, you must rid the area of contaminated mud. This can be done using a shovel and/or hose.
- Clean and Disinfect: All surfaces of the house should be cleaned and disinfected to avoid spreading germs and diseases.
- Kitchen Attention: You'll want to clean virtually everything in the kitchen. You can disinfect all china, plastic, and dinnerware by submerging them in a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach per every gallon of water. You will then, want to submerge all silverware and metal utensils in boiling hot water and finish up by cleaning all surfaces with the same type of bleach solution as aforementioned.
- Furniture and Other Items: To avoid mold and mildew, you'll want to take your rugs and furniture outside to dry as soon as possible. Keep in mind that things such as mattresses should be thrown away. Wood veneer furniture will also likely need to be thrown away, while upholstered furniture should be cleaned by professionals only. You should then use fans and dehumidifiers to remove as much moisture from the air in your home as possible.
- Walls and Ceilings: A prime area for mold and mildew to fester, you must pay extra special attention to your walls and ceilings. First of all, the wallboards should be removed and inspected for damages. If you discover that your wallboards have soaked up contaminated water, they must be disposed of, as this can turn into a lifelong health hazard. On the flip side, the plaster and paneling can be saved once dried and cleaned.
- Electrical System: A matter best left to the professionals – given all of the potential hazards and dangers associated with an electrical system – the only course of action following a flood is to shut the system down until a trusted professional can assess and repair any damages. You will also want to inspect the heating and cooling ducts, as well as make sure your appliances have been cleaned, grounded, and inspected for functionality issues.
- Basement Pumping: If your basement is flooded, it is important to pump out just two to three feet of water per day, as draining your basement too quickly can cause your floors and walls to cave in.
- Flooring: You will also have a number of measures to take to restore your flooring. For instance, if you have carpet, it should be cleaned and hung out to dry. However, if it was subjected to sewage-contaminated water or was submerged in water for over 24 hours, it should be thrown out altogether.
Utah Flood Cleanup Can Help
When in doubt, let Utah Flood Cleanup clean it out. Offering all the best in terms of flood cleanup, we provide 24/7 emergency flood damage restoration services including water damage inspection, drying and dehumidifying, cleaning and sanitizing, and much more. Proudly serving the Utah area, we also offer a number of services such as smoke and fire damage services, mold removal and remediation, sewage cleanup, and carpet and upholstery restoration. Don't let disaster take you down. Contact us here, or call 801-416-2666 and clean up your life today!