After The Rain RePrinted AGAIN From 2015 But Still Good Information

After The Rain RePrinted AGAIN From 2015 But Still Good Information

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WOW, that was some storm.  Yes, it will rain again, and maybe this afternoon, but I heard that we have not seen this amount of flooding in Texas since 1929.  That is before my time.

The task at hand now, the clean up. I am hearing stories of flood waters, trees breaching homes via roofs and windows, which means water inside where we don’t want it.

The first step towards normalcy is to snap some photos of the damage with your cell phone or camera.  Images could be useful for your insurance agent once you discover if your claim will be covered.   Either way, photos are always a good idea.

If you were not able to get electronics and furniture out of the way before the water rained or rolled in  - taking items outside to dry as soon as possible is the number one  recommendation.  Professional cleaning is recommend for all electronics like our radios, washing machines, dishwashers, small appliances.  If water rose as high as the electrical outlets your homes Electrical System must be shut off and checked out and repaired before power is restored to the home.  All wiring must be completely dried out and remember that includes behind the sheet rock and insulation.  Inspect your heating, cooling and duct work system is an important step – looking for any remaining water.

Using old towels, buckets and mops work to soak up as much water as you can - clean and dry your carpets. Carpet pads are hard to clean, it is recommend by the CDC that you not try and clean and should always be replaced after flooding to reduce the change of mold growth.  If your floodwater contained sewage contaminated – remove and discard both carpet and pads for health reasons. Open all windows and inspect to see how high the water level rose in each room removing dry wall above the water line is must.  The paper backing on drywall is a good source of food for mold if remains in the home, and mold needs no additional encouragement in this Gulf Coast environment.

Depending on how long the water remained standing in your home, you might need to remove vinyl flooring and/or floor tile to allow for drying of the sub-flooring.  Remove all baseboards in the flooded areas. You will most likely not be able to save press board baseboards however, you might be able to save wood baseboard trim. Wood floors should be dried gradually to avoid cracking and splitting. Clean and dry wood floors completely before attempting any repairs, removing a board every few feet to might help reduce buckling caused by swelling.

Disinfect all areas including walls, wood and non-upholstered furniture, rugs being careful not to overlook insulation within the walls.  Using a disinfectant will rid the area of bacteria that may have entered your home. Acting quickly afterwards if the best way to prevent mold growth.  You might need professional help if the mold has a jump on you if you were not able to get back to into your property within a few days.  If you don’t know what your insurance policy will cover, call and verify.  They should be able to recommend firms that can help you with restorations.

If you are going to start the cleaning yourself with a bucket and bleach, the CDC recommends of no more than one cup of bleach for 1 gallon of fresh water.  Making sure you do not introduce other cleaning products into the mix that contain ammonia.  While we are speaking of recommendations, the National Center for Healthy Housing tells us to toss the following items if they have been underwater or smell moldy.

  • Carpet, Padding and all rugs

  • Anything Upholstered

  • Computers, Microwaves, Window A/C units or any appliances with fans

  • Unimportant Papers and books

  • Any food that came in contact with flood waters, including canned items.

Protect yourself in the cleanup wearing a respirator mask. Consider gloves, work boots, maybe even a disposable coveralls for protection of your skin and clothing.

Remembering to drink water, working fast while taking steps to protect yourself mentally and physically.  This is a tough time and rely on your friends and neighbors for support.  Communities come together during times like these we are all praying for those effected.

If you have questions about what to do if your car was flooded, here is a great article regarding those questions.

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