Flooding is a very bad experience, considering the extent of damage it can cause your home and your valued household properties. It is better to prevent flooding as much as possible by clearing drainages and never allowing them to get blocked. Do everything you can within your human capability to prevent it. If it turns out to be an unpreventable situation, then make sure you deal with it on time without any hesitation as this will help to limit the extent of damage experienced due to the flooding. In actual fact, you do not need to always run to professional flood/water damage cleanup services anytime you experience flooding; you can deal with it yourself. The helping hands you need for DIY flood cleanup will be made known below.
Arm yourself with a pump
The pump is the way to go if you are to carry out DIY flood cleanup successfully. Bailing out water using traditional methods will slow things down and it may take days or even weeks before you can remove the water body in the home. But with the help of a pump, the water can be bailed out faster and the work will be concluded before you know it. Make sure the heating system in the home is also turned on to aid the drying up of the water. Leave the windows and doors wide open as the inflowing breeze and heat will also contribute their tiny quotas to the drying up of the water body. Needless to say, make sure you have an active insurance policy that covers flooding.
Get rid of the mud
The residual mud left after the water had been removed must never be left lying around while carrying out your DIY flood cleanup. If left for too long, the mud can cake to the furniture, the walls and other items in the home, making it even more difficult to remove. To avoid this situation, make sure the mud is removed while it is still wet and soft. Mud left to cake on household items can be very difficult to clean off; their residues or remnants can remain attached to household items or walls for a very long time to come. Your timely intervention prevents such.
Get the right equipment for the job
In order for your DIY flood cleanup to turn out successful, you need to get fully equipped for it. Aside the pump mentioned earlier, you must also get other things like pair of rubber gloves for your hand and gumboot for your feet. Get yourself a shovel too for removing the mud. Many of these items are simple things you may already have in your shed and you can easily reach out for them once the flood occurs – that is if your garage or shed too is not flooded. However, you can buy these items in stores around, either online or offline, if you do not have them already or cannot reach them promptly. You also need to get some cover for your eyes to keep splattering mud at bay; a pair of goggle will do the job perfectly.