Storms and hurricanes will always equate to floods in the long run, which is why it is important to immediately resort to flood cleanup. Before you do however, make sure that you are protected in order to avoid further complications like water-borne diseases and infection. Cleaning up after a flood is an arduous and risky task which should only be done by healthy and fit individuals. With that said however, it is still a backbreaking task. Do not fret though – there are a few ways in order to make it a lot easier for you. Here are some simple tips and tricks that an do so:
Dustpans instead of shovels
In flood cleanup, it might seemingly be an imperative to make use of shovels in order to easily clear off the water and the much that came with it. However, shovels and spades are made of durable wood with metal heads, making them pretty heavy. Using them will also require you to bend over for hours which will definitely hurt your back. Though plastic shovels seem to be a better alternative, you will still have to bend over. In this case, use a dustpan instead. It can easily scrape up the water and expel them from your home. Add the fact that it is light and you don't have to bend over, you cit certainly is the flood cleanup tool that you should resort to.
The garden hose method
After using the dustpan to kick out the water, your next task is to eliminate the mud and the mud stains on your home. Resorting to buckets of water is a back breaking task, so count this out. To easily clean of the mud from the floor and the walls, simply resort to using your garden hose. The force of the water coming from it will certainly wash off the mud without you have to exert extra effort. With this, you could easily direct the mud outside your home, wash off the debris it left and the stains on the walls. However, only use this if there is no shortage of water on your area and remember, maximize the use of every drop and do not waste!
Time to disinfect!
After the garden hose flood cleanup method, now your house looks absolutely spotless, sure, it needs to be dried off. But first you need to fully disinfect it, in order to kill off all of the bacteria, fungi, toxic substances and all the microorganisms that were brought in by the floodwater. First off, don't dry off once you've fully cleared off the mud. Before you do, mop and soak the area with bleach detergent, the most common and effective cleaning and disinfecting substance. You may want to after you've bleached the place, immediately rinse to avoid smelling in the harmful fumes.
In drying your home after flood cleanup, you could employ the use of electric fans – if not, then rent a couple of large industrial fans to do the job for you. You should also make use of dehumidifiers in order to quell the growth of mold. In drying off washed furniture and other materials, simply let them the sun bake them into a state of bone-dryness.
Remember though, if the task will prove to be too much, simply contact your local mold removal and flood cleanup company to help you out.