Water Extraction >> Dehumidification

After the flood, before you start doing anything, does an outside inspection to show if the Dehumidification edifice is safe? Check for physical water damage to see if it is safe to enter the edifice. Look for electrical shorts and live power wires. Electrical safety is the most important issue in floods. Be sure that your electrical service has been disconnected and cannot be turned on before go into any edifice. Turn off any outside natural gas lines at the tank or meter.

  1. Let your Dehumidification edifice air out for several minutes to remove any lingering gas fumes. Make sure that everyone is out of risk of new flood crests, collapsing edifices, fire or other threats. Communicate with your insurance adjuster immediately. Leave your name, address and a phone number where you could be contacted. Take a lot of pictures of the water damage before starting any clean up. Keep precise records, list all clean-up and repair costs, flood-related living expenditures and actual losses, such as water damaged furniture, appliances, clothing, etc. Insurance adjusters will evaluate Dehumidification to house. The homeowner must sign proof-of-loss report.
  2. Further water damages can be added when they are found. Communicate with your local, state and federal offices for assistance and solutions to particular clean-up questions. Your local community outreach and extension center could help with food and water safety tips, Dehumidification cleanup and water restoration questions or referrals. Help lines offer victims and others with resources to help. Be sure your utilities are turned off before entering the edifice for the first time. Turn off the main electrical switch and all circuits. If the main electrical switch is found in the basement, be sure that all of the flood water is pumped out before starting any work on your electrical system.
  3. Remove switch covers and clean out all outlets and the fuse or multi-breaker boxes. Dry the Dehumidification connections and spray with an appropriate cleaner/lubricant. Have a professional electrician check for ground faults and other unsafe situations and check your equipment before reconnecting the system. Electrical equipment and wiring that seems to be safe soon after flooding might fail soon after and cause a fire or shock threat. Total replacement is usually the best option. Electrical circuit breakers that have been inundated must be replaced. Until your local water service or county health agency announces your water source safe, purify all your water, not only for normal drinking and cooking, but also for washing any part of your body.
  4. To disinfect your Dehumidification water, use one of these techniques: Boil vigorously for 3 minutes. Add unscented chlorine laundry bleach, a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon per 2 ½ gallons of water. Add essence of iodine, 12 drops per one gallon of water. Throw away all foods, counting garden produce, that have come into contact with contaminated flood waters. Only your foods that are sealed in airtight metal cans that are not dented, bulging or damaged and have been appropriately sanitized can be saved. Communicate with your local outreach and extension center for correct disposal and sanitization guidelines. Dehumidification carpets and rugs might be cleaned best by water restoration professionals.
  5. To try to clean them yourself, pull up the water-logged carpets, rugs and pads and dry them outside on a clean, flat surface, such as your concrete driveway. If your rug is placed face down, stains will wick up to the jute back opposed of to the face yarns. Wash off and, if badly soiled, add some mild detergent. Work the detergent into the carpet fibers with a broom and rinse well. Dehumidification as much water as possible rapidly using steam, fans or professional water-extraction equipment and take precaution to avoid any electrical shock. To deter mildew and musty odors, rinse with a solution of 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach per gallon of clean water. But, if the carpet is made of wool, do not add bleach; dry your carpet and floor completely before carpet is to be replaced. 
  6. If the Dehumidification carpet is put down and is still wet, it might start to mildew. The carpet and the backing might begin to shrink, throw away all carpet padding. The layers of waterlogged plywood subfloors might start to separate. The sections that begin to separate must be replaced to keep floor covering from warping. When Dehumidification floor coverings are detached, allow subflooring to dry completely, it might take many months. Watch for warping before putting in new flooring. Cautiously remove a floor board every few feet to lessen buckling initiated by swelling. Check with a carpenter about removal methods for tongue-and-groove floor boards.
  7. Clean and dry floor completely, might take many weeks or even months before replacing floor boards and attempting repairs. If underwater subfloor is wooden, your floor covering possibly must be removed so subflooring could be replaced. If your floor has not been soaked, loosen some of the tiles might be re-cemented after your Dehumidification floor is completely dry. If the subflooring is concrete, removing the floor covering will rush drying of the slab. Removal might not be needed if it would devastation an otherwise unharmed flooring material. If flood water has seeped under the loose pieces of sheet flooring, remove the entire sheet.
  8. Communicate with a reputable flooring dealer to find out what thinner and practice will loosen the glue with the least damage to the floor. Ease of removal varies on the kind of flooring material and adhesive. Take Dehumidification furniture outside to clean, wash or brush off any mud. All house parts, like drawers, doors, etc. must be removed. Remove or cut a hole in the back to push out any stuck drawers and doors. Dry slowly out of direct sunlight, it might take several weeks to several months to completely dry. Wash thoroughly any exposed skin parts, like your hands, feet, etc. repeatedly in purified water. Wear your thick rubber gloves for extra protection against pollution.
  9. As flood waters go down, use a sanitizer to clean the walls and woodwork from the top to bottom. A 3-gallon garden weed sprayer works well, mix one cup of household chlorine bleach per gallon of clean water could be used as a sanitizer. Scrub the Dehumidification well with a brush to help remove any mud and silt, rinse off with clean water, and then dry completely. If utilities are on, use your heater, fan or air conditioner to speed up the drying. Completely submerged appliances must be cleaned and dried before turning them on. With your electricity or fuel still turned off, unplug and open as much as feasible to rinse or wipe clean and then let dry.
  10. Tilt the Dehumidification to completely drain and this will aid the quick drying, three days to more than a week is necessary for drying. A professional appliance repair person must check them before reconnecting. Most of your motorized appliances could be saved, but remove water from them as rapidly as possible. Remove the inside surface of insulated walls to the point above the water height. Remove and throw away the wet insulation, then treat interior wall studs and plates with commercial disinfectant to prevent mold growth from decay-causing organisms. Supply ventilation by opened windows and doors by using air moving fans. Leave Dehumidification walls open for up to four weeks or until they have been completely dried.
  11. Select replacement building materials that will resist future floods. Delay permanent water damage repairs until edifices are completely dry, this might be several weeks. Control the mold and mildew in the weeks and months that follow the flood. If an air conditioner is operable, you can use it to remove excessive moisture. In houses that are not air-conditioned, open as many windows as you can. Use air moving fans to circulate the air and turn on your electric lights in the closets, and leave your Dehumidification doors open to completely dry. Let your lights stay on as long as the dampness or high humidity is there to help dry and prevent mold and mildew growth.
  12. Brush off any mold and mildew growth outside to prevent the scattering of mold spores in the house. Run a hepa vacuum cleaner with an attachment over the area to draw out the entire mold. Throw away the vacuum bag instantly, then sponge away any remaining mold or mildew with thick suds. Wipe down with a clean, barely moist cloth. Wipe any mold-stained areas with cloth moistened with diluted alcohol: one cup rubbing or denatured alcohol to one cup of water and let the Dehumidification dry completely. Spray the affected areas with fungicide or other commercial sanitizer.

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