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Cleaning Your Home After a Flood: A Comprehensive Guide

The last thing you want to happen is for your house to flood during a rainstorm. Here’s how you can recover quickly if it does happen.

When your house floods, it can be devastating to your whole family. Not only is it a large expense for you to repair any damage, but replacing all your stuff can be a nightmare too.

Your health could also be at risk if you don’t clean things up properly. Mold can build up in your home, exposing you to dangerous bacteria that could get you sick. It is a race against the clock to clean up your home after flooding since mold snowballs in those situations.

Before you begin dealing with the aftermath of a flood, make sure your home is safe to inhabit.

Since mold is such a high-risk issue, you don’t want to be exposing yourself to harm unnecessarily. Keep in mind other safety issues as well, like limited visibility from power outages, which increase your risk of injury.

Once you’re sure your home is safe to enter, you may start planning out how to best approach cleaning up the results of the flood.

As NYC’s top flood restoration professionals, we want to help ensure you recover your home from a flood quickly, efficiently, and safely. So we’re sharing our knowledge and experience on cleaning a flooded home with you.

Here’s everything we know.

What Areas of New York are Prone to Flooding?

Your home may be more prone to flooding than you would expect. New York City has a large waterfront. With so much water near or surrounding your home, it would only take a bit of rain to cause you some pretty big grief.

Even if your home is more inland, it could still be prone to flooding if you are exposed to the right conditions. The closer to the water you live, the more at risk your home is.

Here are the most common areas NYC to experience flooding:

Manhattan

  • Tribeca
  • Chelsea
  • Marble Hill
  • Wall Street
  • Battery Park
  • Midtown South
  • Upper Manhattan
  • South Street Seaport


The Bronx

  • Locust Point
  • Country Club
  • Clason Point
  • Harding Park
  • Edgewater Park
  • Spencer Estates


Queens

  • Bayside
  • Jamaica
  • Rosedale
  • Queensbridge
  • Far Rockaway
  • Long Island City
  • Rockaway Beach
  • Southern Edgemere


Brooklyn

  • Canarsie
  • Red Hook
  • Buschwick
  • Coney Island
  • Borough Park
  • Howard Beach
  • Brighton Beach
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Downtown Brooklyn


Staten Island

  • Arrochar
  • East Shore
  • Stapleton
  • Graniteville
  • South Shore
  • Midland Beach

If you are living in one of these areas, it’s important to know your options for cleaning up after a flood so you make a smooth recovery.

Contact us for all of your flood cleaning needs.

Health Hazards of Floods

Flooding can not only do damage to your home but to your health too. You could be facing severe health risks at many stages of the flood. That includes immediately after the flood occurs, to long after the water levels in your home have subsided.

You can even experience health risks while trying to evacuate to safety. Structural damage and electrical hazards are just the beginning of the dangers associated with floods.

 

Immediate and early health hazards of floods:

  • Injury
  • Viruses
  • Trauma
  • Drowning
  • Lacerations
  • Hypothermia
  • Electrocution
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Wound infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

Late health hazards of floods:

  • Mold
  • Rodents
  • Roaches
  • Infection
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis E
  • Leptospirosis
  • Chronic disease
  • Mosquito-borne illness
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Cleaning Tools Needed To Clean After A Flood

If your home experiences severe flooding, cleaning it up takes a lot more than just using a mop and bucket. You need to have the right tools for the job. You may have some of these things on hand, others you may not.

But without the proper equipment, recovering your home from a flood is exceedingly difficult. It takes a lot of time and manpower. Even with all the effort you put in, lacking the resources you need can cost you in the end.

If you don’t work quickly enough, mold could spread in your home before you know it.

You could be at high risk to injury or illness sifting around in your flooded basement, too.

Before you attempt to clean up your home after a flood, make sure you have the correct materials to get started. Consider working with a professional even if you do.

Here are 10 tools you cannot do a proper flood cleaning without:

A camera.
You should be taking as many pictures as you can of the state of your home after a flood. Regardless of whether or not you think things are okay, you never know what could happen.

Make sure you keep a record of everything, before, during, and after cleaning. It will make things a lot easier if you need to deal with your insurance company later.

Protective gear.
Waterproof rubber boots will help protect you if you need to walk through deep water to salvage your belongings. Consider waterproof coveralls and a respirator mask as well.

You never know what your skin may be exposed to while you’re cleaning, and you don’t want to breathe in anything toxic, either.

Buckets.
While buckets are not the most efficient way to get rid of the water flooding your home, they are a good start. They are also helpful for wiping things down, mopping, or having a convenient place to toss your rags.

Shovels.
If you’ve lived in NYC for long enough, then hopefully you have a few shovels on hand already for when it snows. But these are also helpful tools during a flood cleanup, where you may need to quickly dispose of mud. You can also shovel the water into your bucket.

Heavy-duty garbage bags.
Unfortunately, not all your belongings will make it out safely once you have a flood in your home. You will likely need to throw away furniture, clothes, and other personal items. Contractor bags are also great for cleaning up mud and debris quickly.

An industrial strength wet/dry shop vacuum.
Before you can start cleaning up and drying out your home, you need to remove all the water from the flooded area. The best way to do this is by using a specialized vacuum that can safely suck up the water.

A high-power dehumidifier.
Protecting yourself from mold after a flood means removing as much moisture from your home as possible. After you remove all the water that’s filled up in the flooded parts of your home, use a reliable dehumidifier to pull moisture from the air.

Industrial fans.
Even with a humidifier, your home will be retaining a lot of water. The trick to avoiding mildow and mold is to dry things out as soon as possible. Combining your humidifier with a few industrial-grade fans should do the trick.

Pry bars.
Any amount of flooding can expose your home to mold production. Using a pry bar allows you to quickly get behind drywall or pull back your carpet should you need to investigate further.

Mold control products.
If you do have mold, you don’t want to waste time running to the store to find something to get rid of it. Even if you don’t have mold yet, you might develop it rapidly later. Unfortunately, not everyone keeps mold spray in their cleaning supplies.

When To Call the Professionals

The longer you wait to clean up your home after a flood, the harder it will be to recover. Your belongings will remain soaked, putting you at risk of mold, respiratory diseases, infections, and more. If you fail to execute the cleanup properly, it can end up being even more expensive.

It can take up to two weeks of constant effort to dry and restore your home.

Getting help means you can get cleaned up faster—saving you time and money.

We are experts in flood cleaning and restoration. Our team will remove all the water from your home, dry things out quickly, and help you identify any salvageable items. Then, we will paint, repair, and transform your home.

Our flood cleaning services make your home look and feel brand new. Plus, we’ll help you deal with any mold problems before they wreak havoc on your life.

If you’ve experienced flooding recently, let us know. We are available 24/7 to help you.

Give us a call: 718 962 0824

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