If someone left a faucet running, and your home was flooded with a few inches of water, you are going to want to act fast to minimize the damage and get rid of the water in your home. Fast action is necessary to prevent mold from developing and giving you an even bigger problem to contend with.
1. Turn off the Power
First, you are going to want to turn off the power in the parts of your home that were impacted by flooding. This will help ensure that you don't get electrified and will allow you to assess the damage to any electrical appliances in the area of your home that was flooded. You are going to want to dry off and dry out anything electrical that may have been impacted by the water.
2. Suck Up the Water
If you have a wet/dry vacuum or shop vacuum, set it up and plug it into an outlet that is not impacted by the flooding. Start on the outer edge of the flooded area, sucking up water. You are more than likely going to have to empty water from the vacuum multiple times as you go. Work your way around the outer edges and then inward with the wet/dry vacuum. If you don't have one, many department stores, grocery stores, and even rental supply companies rent out shop vacuums that you can use to help clean up this mess.
3. Mop It Up
Once the water levels get lower, you can use a mop to help get rid of the moisture. You can also use towels to soak up the water. The towels are going to get really heavy with water really quickly; to dry off your towels, don't put them in the dryer, instead, put them in the washer and run the spin cycle (if the dryer isn't in the flooded area of your home). The spin cycle will get rid of the water from the towels kind of like how you get water out of hand cloth by twisting and squeezing it. You may have to spin out the towels multiple times as you clean things up.
4. Create Separation Between Your Furniture & The Floor
It may take a while to move all of your furniture out of the flooded room. Once the water levels are down, create some separation between your furniture and the flooring. Wrap the bottom of your furniture up with aluminum foil. This will help keep your furniture from getting further damaged until you can remove it from the room. Remember, even after you get rid of the standing water, your flooring could still have water in it that could damage your furniture.
5. Move All Lightweight Items
Move all lightweight items that you can easily pick-up off the floor. If you have bookshelves or entertainment centers full of stuff, work on taking the items out of the centers to make it easier to move the furniture later. The soon you get stuff out of the water, the better. If the water is allowed to sit, you are not only going to have to deal with water; you are going to have to deal with mold as well.
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