Water damaged properties.
Water damage can ruin a house. Your realtor cannot sell your house unless you renovate it and invest a lot of money into it because otherwise few people would be interested in buying it. We buy homes that have been affected by water damage. Water damage in home can make it unlivable and will most likely cost thousands of dollars in repairs. If you want to get rid of your house rather than invest thousands of dollars towards fixing it up, we will most likely be able to help you out. Likewise, we can help you to restore and renovate your home as well. Our team of expert craftsmen and contractors can get your water or flood damaged home back in tip top shape.
Repair of water damage and cleaning checklist
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After flood waters have been withdrawn and cleaning is done, most people want to go back to their homes or businesses and start refurbishing. The problem is that the wood that was immersed in water probably absorbed a large amount of water. Reconstructing too fast after the flood can cause permanent problems such as mold growth, insect infestation and worsening of wood and wall coverings. Soaking water is not pure water; Therefore, most porous construction elements must be eliminated and reinstated with latest materials.
- Inspect the construction and electrical damage from the outside to determine if it is safe to enter.
- Electrical safety is of paramount importance in floods. Check for fire and gas leakage. Use light sources with powered batteries.
- Don't mix the ammonia or vinegar the chlorine bleach.
- Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection glasses.
- Be cautious because of fire ants, snake or other animals.
- If mold is present, wear a respirator capable of filtering spores.
Make sure no one is in danger of new flood tent, fire and falling buildings. Suppose floods and submersible materials are contaminated.
1. Flood Claims Insurance
- If you own or acquire a flood insurance, contact your insurance company immediately.
- Start cleaning, salvage and drying as soon as possible. Do not wait for the adjuster. Shoot images that will be used as inventory. All the steps suggested on this page can be taken before an adjuster shows up.
- Clean the house so that the adjuster can see the damage.
- Keep damaged materials for loss proof.
- Leave the phone number you can be reached with after the adjuster arrives.
- The adjuster will assess the damage to the home. The owner must sign a proof of loss. Additional damage can be added if found.
- Contact government offices for information.
- If you do not have a flood insurance, your homeowner's insurance will probably not cover the loss. If the flood is announced as a federal disaster by the president of the nation, seek help online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing and speech impaired.
2. Electrical systems
- Make sure all electrical and gas utilities are switched off before entering the space for the first time.
- Disconnect the main switch and all circuits.
- Remove the covers from all the sockets and fuse boxes or switches; rinse with clean water.
- Allow to dry and spray with a cleaning agent/lubricant.
- Check the cause and other hazardous by inviting an electrician to do that before re-connecting the system.
3. Sanitation of food and water
- While your local water supply company, public company or public health does declare your drinking water source as not safe, purify your water not only for drinking and cooking but also for washing any part of your body or utensils.
- Water: Pour water through a clean cloth or filter; then boil the water very well for a full minute; allow it to cool down. If it is not possible to boil, use liquid chlorine bleach (8 drops or 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of pure water, 16 drops or 1/4 teaspoon of muddy water); mix; Let it stand for 30 minutes. Iodine tablets and purification are not recommended for this use.
- Food: Safe and commercially obtained food in metal cans or retort bags can be stored if labels are removed, was the can thoroughly, rinse and then sterilized with sanitation with a solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of bleach to potable water gallon. Finally, label again the containers that have theirs removed, including the expiration date, with a marker.
- Dishes: Dismantle wooden cutting boards and spoons contaminated by floods, plastic containers, baby bottles, tits and pacifier. Rinse the metal and ceramic pots, utensils and dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and disinfect them by boiling in clean water or immersed for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach or quartz water.
4. Furniture and carpets
- Remove all furniture outside, bedding and rugs to clean and dry (or discard).
- Carpets and wet rugs are better replaced because floodwaters can contain contaminants. Flooded mats must always be discarded and replaced.
- Remove mats, rugs and pillows that are stored in the water within 48 hours of the flood.
- If salvage is tried, rugs and rugs should be spread outdoors. Push the hose. If it is stain, professionally clean or work on a carpet shampoo with a broom. Rinse well with 1 gallon of water and 2 tablespoons chlorine bleach to sanitize (if it is paint resistant). If the carpet is woolen, do not add whitening.
- Dry the carpet and substrate as soon as possible. If the carpet is damp, it can be moldy.
- The carpet may be reduced, but an expert can stretch it.
- All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated with flood water must be deferred. If the upholstered furniture is precious, overcoats and upholstery should be replaced. Furniture made of solid wood, metal and plastic can be cleaned and restored. Eliminate any mud, clean, disinfect and allow it to dry out of direct sunlight completely.
- Open the flooded walls, even if they look untouched, to prevent later molds, smells and structural decomposition.
- Remove water from the structure as soon as possible. Ventilate.
- Remove the sockets and cut the holes in the wall to remove the uninsulated walls.
- Remove the inner surface of the insulated walls to the point above the water level. Discard flooded drywall.
- Borderless panels can be opened or reinstalled after cleaning.
- Remove and discard all wet fiber insulation.
- Clean mud. Tacos and wall panels can be sprayed with a disinfectant (1 cup of bleach/gallon) to cover all existing molds and forms.
- Dry with dehumidifiers and fans.
- Open the walls until they are completely dried, which may take up to a month.
- Choose alternate materials that will withstand future floods (such as rigid foam insulation, removable liners, ceramic tiles, etc.).
Floods or humidity, in the long run, will probably destroy most of the interior surfaces and contents, simply the following steps may be pleasant when the floods last short-term, and the cleaning begins quickly. Delay permanent repairs until the building is completely dry, which may take weeks.
- Plywood panels or OSB subfloor will probably be separated or inflated. Replacement parts must be replaced to maintain new floor lining.
- When the covered flooring is removed, the subfloor should be completely dry, which may take months without using dehumidifiers.
- Check the deformation before installing the new floor.
2. Wooden floors
- Carefully remove the board every few feet to reduce wrinkling caused by swelling. If the tables are in the form of tongues and grooves, contact the carpenter or a specialist floor technician.
- Thoroughly clean and dry the floor, which lasts for weeks, before replacing the board and attempting repairs.
3. Floors and tiles
- If the submersible is submerged or separated, the flooring must be removed. (Qualified technicians should only remove asbestos tiles.)
- If the subfloor is concrete, removing the flooring will accelerate the drying of the board, but it may not be necessary if it will destroy the material that would otherwise not be damaged.
- If the water is filtered under loose parts of sheet flooring, remove the whole sheet. The ease of soil removal depends on the type of material and glue. Contact a reputable distributor to find out which product and technique (if applicable) that will release the glue.
4. Cleaning of wall, wood and floor coverings
In order to reduce mold and contamination, clean and dry as soon as the flood rises. Do not mow or scratch the lead-based color. Learn more before disturbing old paints. If the materials are already mold prior to cleansing, find out more about how to avoid mold dangers and prescribed removal techniques from http://www.epa.gov/mold rehabilitation post.
- Use a disinfectant or phosphate-free agent.
- Wash from top to bottom. Rinse with clean water.
- A half cup of chlorine per gallon of water can be utilized on non-metallic surfaces such as a disinfectant (to remove mold and bacteria) after cleansing but does not prevent mold growth on the materials to remain moist.
- Dry thoroughly and quickly. If the utilities are on, use an air conditioner or heater, fan and dehumidifier or desiccator to speed up drying.
5. Devices and equipment
- Before starting, clean and dry the soaked appliance.
- Switch off the power or fuel, disconnect and open as much as possible to clean or wipe and allow to dry.
- Tighten the drain and dry quickly. Drying is required three days a week.
- An appliance repair experts should review them before re-connecting. Many devices can be redeemed.
- Take out the outdoor furniture to clean them.
- Brush on mud. All parts (drawers, doors, etc.) must be removed. Remove or cut the hole in the back to push the drawers and the door locked. Discard flooded filling.
- Use commercial cleaning products designed for the type of material. Do not harden or wax until completely dry.
- Slowly dry out of direct sunlight for the sun not to distorts the furniture. Drying can take several weeks or months.
7. Prevention of mold
- Control mold aggressively in weeks and months after the flood.
- When power is handy, use an air conditioner (or winter heat) and a dehumidifier, if possible, to remove moisture.
- In a home without an air conditioner, open windows and use fans to circulate air.
- Switch on the electric lights in the cabinets and leave the door open for easy drying.
- Try reducing the activities that add moisture to the indoor air and use the ventilation fans during cooking and bathing.
8. Removing mold from household and home furnishings
- Avoid disturbing and spreading sporadic mold inside. Clean casted objects outdoors. Learn and take precautions to reduce mold exposure. Visit http://www.epa.gov/iaq.
- Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner, if available, to remove visible mold growth. Dump the vacuum bag. Otherwise, wipe the damp paper towels, drop them, and close them in plastic bags.
- Remove objects from the sun, if possible.
- Sponge any remaining mold with thick foam or commercial cleaning agent designed for the type of material.
- Clean with a clean, lightly damp cloth.
- Clean colored areas with a cloth dampened with diluted alcohol (1 cup of discord or denatured alcohol in 1 cup of water). Thoroughly dry.
Why we buy homes with damage
It’s our job to fix up water damaged houses. We do this professionally, which is why we aren’t scared of buying a house with water damage. We renovate every single house that we buy and we know this business very well. As cash buyers, we have the capital to fix up the house quickly. If you have a house with water damage, it could take you months, even years to fix it up and make it livable again.
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