Making a Flooded House into a Livable Home Again
House floods are terrible, catastrophic, and unfortunately, common in many parts of the world. The destructive power of water is amazing to behold from afar, but when it starts inching its way up to your doorstep or in though the basement, that same water becomes your nightmarish reality.
After the flood waters have receded, trying to pick up the pieces may seem daunting, but if you follow the right steps and put in some hard work, it’s not that hard to make your home liveable again. Here’s our guide to removing water from your home, and making it livable again.
Flood Water Contact Rules
Rule Number One: You should always assume that flood water is contaminated. This means that you need to wear appropriate gear when cleaning up your home and follow strict guidelines of how to deal with items that have come into contact with the water. Some of the most important rules to follow are:
- Wear waterproof boots or waders and gloves.
- Throw away any food (including canned goods) that have been in contact with flood water.
- Disinfect after clearing away remaining water.
- Clean and protect any bodily cuts.
- Keep children and senior citizens away from flood water.
- Bury any fecal matter you discover immediately.
- Wash your hand thoroughly with soap before eating anything or touching your eyes and mouth.