Water in unwanted places can ruin your furniture, flooring, other prized possessions and even the house structure. It also causes mold growth. You should, therefore, clean it off quickly as you can using these water damage cleanup tips:
1. Disconnect power, unplug electronics from sockets and remove furniture and other movable items fast to save much as possible. Pull up carpets and under padding because with good cleaning and disinfection you might save it although it might shrink.
2. Remove flood water. There are different ways to remove water including the old fashioned manual water removal if you have disconnected power or if you are sure there are no loose wires. Old towels, mops and buckets to soak much water as you can pour it into the drain, lawn or other permeable surfaces. Wet/dry vacuum is also a good way to get rid of water. You should plug your vacuum into outlets far from water. Do not use an extension cord as this connection can short out causing a nasty electric shock. If the flooding has reached the level of sockets, consider renting a sump pump from a hardware store or rent all store.
3. Dry out all affected areas. After mopping up all water, use fans and dehumidifier to hasten drying out the area. If it has stopped to rain, open windows to allow water to circulate and make drying faster. If the house has finished basement and flooding also affected drywall, you may need to cut away areas touched by water to prevent crumbling of drywall and growth of mold which thrives on eating paper backing. If the house has baseboard trim, take this up first. A baseboard trim made of pressboard is unlikely to be salvageable.
4. Disinfect dried areas. After drying out the flooded area including drywall, insulation and beams, use good disinfectant to kill any bacteria that could have come up through sewers or toilets. Disinfect all areas that are affected by flood waters including walls and non-upholstered furniture that sat in the flood water.
5. Prevent mold growth. After disinfection, all areas affected by flooding, let them dry thoroughly, then apply a product that will prevent the growth of mold. You can apply it to walls, floors, walls and anything else that is at risk of mold growth. Find a good product that crushes roots of spores to prevent the growth of mold and provide continued resistance. Consider renting a mister from the hardware store if you will spray entire room.
Remember that unless, in most severe cases, water damages can be tackled by homeowners. However, if the damage is extensive, it is better to hire the skilled water damage professionals from Yelp. Either way, it should be done within short time starting with stoppage of water source and mopping up to deter further damage.