How to Clean Up After a Flood or Spillage in Your Home

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A flood in your home is the last thing that you want. Whether it’s caused by rising water from outside or water damage from a burst pipe, an overflowed bath, or something else, it can be a disaster to clean up. There’s a risk of permanent damage to some parts of your home, depending on which part flooded, how high the water got, and how long it took before you were able to start dealing with it. If there’s been a floor, a large spillage, or any kind of water damage, you need to take action right away to deal with it properly.

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Remove Standing Water

The first thing to do is obviously to remove any standing water that might still be present. In some cases, this could just mean opening an external door to let the water flow out. However, it will often require you to bail out the water or perhaps use a pump to get it all out. If there isn’t a huge amount of water, a mop and some rags or cloths could be enough to start removing the water and drying everything out. Get started on this as soon as possible to help prevent permanent water damage.

Dry Out Carpets and Upholstery

Some of the worst things to deal with are carpets and upholstery, which can obviously absorb water and need to be dried out. Carpets can be tough to get dry and clean, so you might want to consider using a professional service like Carpet Water Damage. It’s easier to let someone else take care of your carpets for you due to their size and the time it could take to dry them. With upholstery, start by removing it from the room and putting it somewhere warm, dry, and well-ventilated. You will probably want to get it cleaned too.

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Get Air Circulating

Plenty of ventilation is required to let your home dry out and to prevent further problems such as mould. So opening up windows and doors where possible is one of the most important things you can do after experiencing flooding in your home. You could also set up fans to help air to circulate, although it’s important to ensure it’s safe to use electricity first. It’s also helpful to do things like opening up cabinet doors and removing drawers, which will help air to get into all of the spaces.

Clean Thoroughly to Prevent Mould

Mould could become a problem after you’ve had a flood in your home. Cleaning up properly will help to prevent mould and other hygiene problems. If the flood involved sewage or other contaminated water, make sure you get professionals to disinfect everything. Although it might not be as important with rainwater or a leak from inside your home, it’s still smart to clean everything thoroughly to help prevent any further problems from developing.

A flood in your home can leave a mess, but there are lots of steps you can take to get it cleaned up and back to normal.

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