After your home's interior has been subjected to water from flooding or water leaks, there are several ways to clean up and remove the interior materials in your home. Flooding to many surfaces in your home can lead to moisture damage, and mold and mildew growth. Here are some tips to help you clean up after the waters have receded from your home.
Wood Surfaces and Flooring
Wood surfaces, such as cabinetry in your kitchen and bathrooms, can become saturated with water, causing the interior framing and doors to become warped and expanded. Hardwood flooring can also become saturated and warped from water damage. It is first important to dry out the wood as soon as possible to restore its moisture content to a proper level and determine if the wood is salvageable. If there is any mold growth upon the wood surfaces, you can wipe it from the cabinets with a bleach and water-cleaning solution on a sponge or cleaning cloth.
Remove all items from inside the cabinets, and direct box fans onto the cabinetry and upon the wood flooring to dry out all surfaces. It can be helpful to turn on a dehumidifier inside the room to help pull moisture from the air as they dry out. When the moisture has been removed from the cabinets and flooring, and any warping within the wood has been corrected, you can keep the cabinets and wood flooring in place. Otherwise, you will need to tear out the damaged wood and replace it with new materials.
When walls inside your house become damaged from flooding, you are not just dealing with water-saturated drywall; the insulation and wall joists behind the drywall can also become water damaged. Besides the drywall softening when it's soaked from water damage, batting insulation that is set into your walls can also become water logged. The interior pockets of air inside your insulation fill with water, making the insulation lose its ability to insulate your walls. And just because the drywall appears mold-free from its surface, that doesn't mean there won't be mold growth on the inside of the drywall, insulation, and wall framing.
In this situation, you will need to cut out the damaged drywall and insulation, and discard it into your disposal dumpster to replace it with new materials. Check the interior surface of the wall framing for mold growth once the drywall has been cut from the wall. If there is mold growth, use a bleach and water solution to wipe the mold from its surface. Turn on and direct fans onto the wall framing to dry it out completely.
Use these recommendations to clean up or repair any water-damaged items and surfaces inside your home after flooding. To learn more, or to hire help from a professional, talk to companies like Safe-Way Waterproofing & Mold Remediation.Share