How to Clean Your Home After Water Damage

How to Clean Your Home After Water Damage
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    Water damage can be devastating to your home, and you may not know what steps to take after water has come into your home as a result of a flood or other natural disaster, or even a leak in your property or plumbing issue.

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If you have had to deal with water damage in your home, continue reading for a few helpful tips that will you guide you through how you can clean your property and ensure everyone’s safety from dangerous mold.

Remove All of the Water from Your Home

The first step you have to take involves getting rid of as much water as possible, whether the disaster occurred as a result of Mother Nature or a plumbing problem. There are several ways that you can go about doing so, but you can start with using buckets, mops, and old towels to soak as much of the water up as possible. Then pour the water down your drains, provided that neighborhood sewers have not backed up. If the sewers are backed up, pour the water into your lawn instead. Make sure you keep electrical wires away from the water at all times.

Use a Sump Pump

A sump pump is a great product that you can purchase or rent from a local home improvement or hardware store. However, you will need power to plug it in. If you can use it, though, this is a really fast way to remove water more easily than having to do so manually. 

Dry and Clean Your Carpets Thoroughly

Cleaning your carpets is imperative after your home has suffered from water damage because dangerous mold can grow within the carpet if you do not completely clean it. Start by using a wet/dry vacuum to get as much of the water out of the area as possible. Turn on fans to speed up the drying, and add a dehumidifier to the room as well to remove as much moisture from the area as possible. Then, to sanitize and deodorize, steam clean your carpets. Replace the carpet padding if you can’t afford to replace the entire carpet.

Disinfect Affected Areas

Once the water-damaged area has been thoroughly dried, you can then work on disinfecting it. Make sure that all of the drywall, insulation, wood beams, etc. have completely dried and then use a good disinfectant to remove bacteria that may have taken hold, especially if the water came into your home from your toilet or the sewer. Make sure you disinfect wood, walls, and non-upholstered furniture that were affected by the water.

With the above tips in mind, you can get rid of all of the water that has invaded your home and prevent mold before it starts to grow. Even though water damage can be really stressful, stick to a plan and, before you know it, you will have your home clean and dry so you can relax. And if there is any residual damage, contact Scottsdale water damage restoration professionals who can help.

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