When doing flood restoration and cleaning, your priority should always be your safety and health. While you want to get things done as quickly as possible so that you can prevent further damage to your furniture and your home, you also want to make sure that you follow safety procedures so you don't get in harm's way. To prevent any accidents or harm, here are some of the things you can do during the restoration and cleaning process.
First, you must examine the entire home for structural damages. This is to ensure that the whole house is stable enough so as not to cause you harm while you are doing the water removal and damage restoration. Examining your home for structural damage is also important for insurance purposes. Document all the damages so that you may process claims. If your house seems unstable, do not proceed with restoration and cleaning. Call a professional contractor to work on the home.
Next, turn off the main electrical switch to your home. This is important because if the flood water reaches electrical sockets and switches, you risk getting electrocuted. Electrical problems may also cause fire. You should have a professional electrician come in to check electrical installations after you are done with the restoration and cleaning of your home.
Get all the safety gears you need before you start working on your home. These safety gears are usually available in hardware stores and specialty stores. You will need rubber booths with thick soles, rubber goggles, a dust mask, and rubber gloves. These items are all important because the flood water may contain shattered glass and other harmful debris and elements that you do not want to handle with bare hands.
When using the sump pump and other gasoline-powered equipment, make sure that the sump pump is outside the home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Operating machinery inside the home (especially those with very few windows) may cause carbon monoxide to get emitted, filling the room with harmful gas. Make sure that only the nozzle or hose sucking out the water is inside the home.
Open all doors and windows in your home to let the air circulate. This will help diffuse the harmful gases in your home if there are any and will also help in the drying of your home. Letting air circulate will also help lower humidity inside the house which may cause mold growth in certain areas of your home.
After restoration and cleaning, make sure to wash the clothes you were wearing during the process or you can get rid of them entirely. Simply use old clothes when doing the clean up so that you don't have to keep them anymore after you are done. Wash your hands after doing restoration and cleaning tasks by using a strong anti-microbial soap. Avoid handling food and do keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes and nose.
Place all debris and garbage in heavy-duty garbage bags and dispose properly. Throw away food items that have been exposed to flood water and get rid of mattresses, pillows and other items that have been soaked in sewage water.
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