Rain, rain and more rain has caused lakes and rivers to overflow threatening many homes here in the Twin Cities. Rivers are peaking and bridges are being closed down. Below we are going to discuss the immediate dangers after your home floods and also the steps to take before going back to living in your home.
Flood damage immediate dangers!
Electrical hazards – never enter a flooded home if the power is on. Make sure that the main breaker power is turned off and have your electrical wiring and equipment inspected or repaired by a professional.
Structural damage – never re-enter your home if your foundation or framing looks damaged.
Hazardous materials – if your home was built before1978, the chances of it having lead paint are very good. Other dangerous materials that could be hazardous are fuel oil, gasoline, pesticides and asbestos.
Biological hazards – mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses can be left indoors by floodwater in your home.
Before living in your home again make sure to follow these steps
- Remove any debris and dirt left behind by the floodwater.
- Thoroughly clean any mold and mildew and replace any furniture or materials that came in contact with it.
- Inspect your flooring, especially your carpet and padding, which can’t be cleaned well enough to prevent mold and mildew. Make sure that your sub-flooring doesn’t have any moisture trapped in there and any plywood or particle board be replaced.
- Walls that are wet should be stripped to the studs and the insulation should be removed. Your walls have to remain open to be completely dried out.
- The siding of your home will need to be evaluated by an experienced professional to see if replacement is needed.
- If your heating and air conditioning air ducts were flooded, take special care. If mold spores start growing in your air ducts, the people in your home can become very sick.
- Remember, anything in your home that is moist or wet more than 24 hours after floodwater recedes will have mold growing on it or in it. Take extreme precautions if you decide to save any personal effects or furnishings after the flood.
- Any nonporous surfaces in your home needs to be cleaned, disinfected and allowed to dry completely. Bleach is your friend when it comes to disinfecting a home that has been plagued with floodwater.
- Keep air circulating in your home to help the process of drying everything out and keeping your air supply fresh.
Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.