Minimizing Health Risks When Cleaning Up Flood Water

If you live near a river or lake that had just overflowed into your basement, you will want to take the needed steps in removing moisture promptly and efficiently. When doing a water damage restoration project, there is a risk of health issues if you do not take proper precautions in protecting yourself during the process. Here are some tips to use when dealing with a flood situation in an attempt to reduce the chance of injury or health-related issues as a result.

Hire A Water Damage Restoration Specialist To Do The Job Properly

The best way to avoid injury or health risk is to leave the premises of the flooded area and have a professional do the job of removing the water. A professional water damage restoration company would have the proper tools to eliminate flood water, dry the area, and clean it appropriately so those living in the home can return to a safe area. Stay in a hotel or with friends during the process to eliminate the risk of touching contaminated surfaces or coming into contact with harmful black mold.

Wear The Proper Attire When Removing Moisture From The Basement

If you do not hire a professional water removal service and you intend on doing the job yourself, the clothing you wear will be important in protecting yourself from contaminants. Make sure to have waterproof clothing including waders or boots and heavy-duty gloves. A wet suit can be worn to protect arms and legs as well.

Reduce The Chance Of Electrical Shock During Wet Conditions

When dealing with a flooded basement, it is important to turn off the electricity so current does not cause the risk of electrocution or shock to those in contact with the water. Cut power to the entire floor via your main circuit breaker panel. If you decide to use a water pump, use electricity from another floor along with an extension cord. It may be best to use power socket on one of your exterior walls of your home instead so the power cord does not dip under the water line during moisture removal.

Protect Yourself From Breathing Or Touching Black Mold

Use oscillating fans or open doors and windows to quicken the drying process. Afterward, all surfaces where water was present will need to be wiped down with a bleach solution to kill mold spores. It is important to wear a respirator at this time so spores are not breathed in during the cleaning process. Protect your hands with gloves when using bleach. If carpeting or drywall became wet during the flood, remove them as they are known to harbor black mold. New pieces of drywall will need to be installed and your carpeting can either be cleaned professionally or a new carpet can be installed in its place.