September 14, 2018
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Home Owners who live in areas that are prone to those natural disasters often wonder, how to clean up after a hurricane. Unfortunately, there will always be weather we cannot avoid. The misfortunes a Hurricane can bring a family and or a community can be absolutely devastating. Not to mention the mess it can create is nothing like anyone can ever imagine. There’re so many factors you must consider when cleaning a mess of this proportion. You can always contact professionals or in most cases, the community usually comes together with more helping hands.
You never know what could be hidden under rubble or the water from a flood. Safety is always going to be a huge concern. Our Team at Titan Restoration knows the struggle of a horrific flood and highly suggests protective wear, such as
- Construction Hard Hat
- Heavy Duty Boots
- Face Mask
The heavier or construction type of gear is going to be the best for any disaster clean up. There’s no need to get yourself in more trouble than the situation you’re already in. So, suit up and let’s get to work.
Drying is Crucial
With wet materials and more water, you’re prone to mold. The moister and longer the water lingers, the more of a thriving environment you are building for mold and other health hazards. If you are taking on the challenge of removing the water from your home yourself, there are a few methods you can use to remove the water from your home and outside to begin the drying process. Most Home Owners will not have access to a utility pump or hose, however, you can create a siphon with your home hose or if you have access to a ShopVac those are super beneficial as well for removing water. You will just have to keep in mind that electricity and water will and have never been friends. Depending on the amount of water, please ensure that you are using safety measures to avoid electrocution and or ruining your appliance.
While you have removed the water from the house now, there are still going to be moist areas within the wood or even lingering within the carpet and sometimes walls depending on the height the water was at before draining. Many use a cocktail of water and bleach to create a mold killing serum. When tampering with Bleach, we recommend using rubber gloves as well as the mask to ensure no burning or intoxication/poisoning begins. This process will be a tad time consuming but extremely imperative to avoiding any other health related disaster is the longrun.
How to clean up after a hurricane isn’t something most people think about on a daily basis, nor is it something someone ever wishes to experience themselves, but unfortunately, like we have mentioned previously. When it does happen its not very easy to avoid. With the proper safety measures, a lot of drying and making sure the house is cleaned and sanitized from top to bottom, the situation should have a happier ending and always brings a community and family closer than ever before.