How to Handle Flood Damage

What to do to handle flood damage with or without power

Schuyler Hatt talking about handling flood damage
Schuyler Hatt talking to BNI Crossroads Connections about how to handle flood damage.
  1. Photo​ ​document​ ​your​ ​property.
  2. Move​ ​items​ ​into​ ​the​ ​sun​ ​to​ ​dry​ ​out​ ​and​ ​kill mold.
  3. ​If​ ​carpets​ ​are​ ​wet​, ​roll​ ​or​ ​cut​ ​them​ ​up​, ​and remove​ ​them​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​water​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the walls.
  4. Block​ ​up​ ​any​ ​furniture​ ​to​ ​get​ ​it​ ​away​ ​from wet​ surfaces.
  5. Buy​ ​a​ ​moisture​ ​sensor​ ​at​ ​Home​ ​Depot​ ​to track​ ​drying​ ​of​ ​structure.
  6. ​Remove​ ​Baseboards​ ​to​ ​speed​ ​drying​ ​of the​ ​walls.

What to do to handle flood damage with Power

  1. Rent​ ​a​ ​fogger​ ​from Home​ ​Depot​ ​and​ ​fog​ ​your​ ​house,​ ​business or​ ​car​ ​with​ ​a​ ​disinfectant​ ​or​ ​Concrobium mold​ ​control.
  2. Mold​ ​doesn’t​ ​like​ ​moving​ ​air,​ ​so​ ​fans​ ​help control​ ​it.
  3. Use​ ​your​ ​air​ ​conditioner​ ​as​ ​a dehumidifier.
  4. Buy​ ​a​ ​GT3000​ ​air​ ​purifier​ ​and​ ​run​ ​it​ ​to​ ​kill and​ ​control​ ​mold​ ​during​ ​the​ ​dryout​ ​period.
  5. ​If​ ​you​ ​can​ ​rent​ ​dehumidifiers​ ​and​ ​air movers,​ ​it​ ​will​ ​speed​ ​the​ ​process.
  6. When​ ​you​ ​think​ ​it​ ​all​ ​dry,​ ​keep​ ​the equipment​ ​going​ ​3​ ​more​ days.

What to do to handle flood damage if​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​have​ ​power​ ​or​ ​access​ ​to​ ​a generator

  1. Buy​ ​disinfectant​ ​and​ ​a​ ​pump​ ​up​ ​sprayer and​ ​treat​ ​floors,​ ​walls,​ ​ceilings​, ​furniture​ ​and fabrics. (Wear​ ​protective​ ​clothes​ ​and​ ​a respirator.)
  2. Buy​ ​Calcium​ ​Cloride​ ​pellets (used​ ​for​ ​rock salt)​ ​50​ ​lbs​ ​bags​ ​and​ ​put​ ​in​ ​mesh​ ​bags​ ​and hang​ ​over​ ​plastic​ ​pails​ ​as​ ​dehumidifiers.
  3. ​Personal​ ​items​ ​and​ ​furniture​ ​can​ ​be treated​ ​with​ ​concrobium​ ​mold​ ​control. Kills​ ​mold​ ​and​ ​inhibits​ ​growth.
  4. ​Lay​ ​out​ ​tarps​ ​and​ ​move​ ​items​ ​into​ ​the sun​ ​for​ ​drying.
  5. If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​documents​ ​that​ ​are​ ​important, Look​ ​up​ ​companies​ ​that​ ​freeze​ ​dry​ ​them.
  6. Have​ ​professionals​ ​check​ ​your​ ​work.

PS​ ​keeping​ ​the​ ​windows​ ​and​ ​doors​ ​closed during​ ​the​ ​dryout​ ​allows​ ​quicker​ ​drying.

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