After a water line breaks in your home, your sewer backs up, or outside precipitation causes flooding that enters your home, you will need to clean up the mud, water, sewage, and any other mess the flooding has caused to your home. There are many tips to help you complete this clean-up task using anything from simple equipment to professional services. Here are some recommendations to help you clean up after water damage to your home interior.
Hire a Water Damage Repair Professional
When there has been standing water within your home, it will saturate furniture and other items in its path. Hiring a water damage restoration service is a good way to make sure the water mess is cleaned up from your home. They will have the right equipment, protective gear, and training to handle the situation fully.
A water damage restoration company will remove mud, sewage, debris, and water-damaged items that are not salvageable from your home, such as drywall, insulation, and carpet padding, and some wood items. They can also remove contaminated waste and clean up from sewage backups to remove contaminated materials and clean your home and make it free of bacteria and microbes.
Water damage can also lead to mold growth, which will require safe removal and clean-up. Your clean-up professional can help you deal with large surface area mold growth; smaller areas of growth, you can clean up yourself.
Use Mold Clean-Up Solution
Clean-up of small areas of mold growth are an easy process with some basic cleaning items. A solution of water and liquid dish soap and a cloth is good for removing surface mold from areas in your home. You can also spray areas with vinegar to treat the surface of any remaining mold spores, as vinegar kills most mold spores present in your home.
Place smaller items outside in the sun to eliminate mold spores from their surfaces. The sun's ultraviolet light will kill many mold spores to prevent them from growing.
Implement Drying Aids in Your Home
After the water damaged items have been removed from your home for disposal or restoration, you will be left with surfaces in your home that are still wet, but salvageable. This includes some carpeting, wall materials, flooring, wood surfaces and furniture, and clothing and linens.
If any water-soaked fabric items are machine-washable, wash them in the warmest water possible with a cup of vinegar, then dry them fully in the dryer or outside on your clothesline. Open windows in your home to get air circulating and direct fans on various surfaces to speed up the drying process.
Many home heating or ventilation systems have a dehumidifier installed on them. Turn on your home heating system to utilize this feature. The heat will also help dry out surfaces.