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Cleaning after a flood

Cleaning after a flood

As bitter winter weather turns to spring, melting snow and increased rainfall can lead to small leaks and floods that will wreak havoc on your home. If not cleaned and maintained properly, these areas can lead to mould growth and rotting. If you experience any leaking or floods this spring season, follow the steps outlined below from The Home Depot Canada to ensure your home repair is safe and stays dry.

flood cleanup | fifty-five plus magazineFlood Clean-up Steps

• The first step after any flooding is to remove all water. Use towels, a mop and bucket, or a wet/dry vacuum to clear away water from the area.

• Ensure the space is completely dry by using an industrial-sized fan.

• Disinfect the previously wet area before using a mould prevention spray. If materials such as fabrics or carpets were affected by the water, remove them from the space. Once they are dry, clean them to eliminate mould growth.

• Check for any drywall that was affected by water. Telling signs are bubbles or drooping along the wall indicating water build-up. If your drywall has been affected by water damage, you must cut out the area that was wet and replace it. This will ensure the safety of your home by eliminating any mould growth or rotting.

• Finally, finding and fixing the source of the leak will help ensure you don’t have to do the same clean-up next year. Whether it’s a burst pipe or a crack in the foundation that led to the water entering your home, fixing it now will mean a smoother transition to spring next year.