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Recovering From Flood Damage | SERVPRO of Overland/Cool Valley

5/31/2024 (Permalink)

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Floods can be devastating, leaving behind significant damage to homes and properties. In the aftermath of a flood, it's essential to prioritize safety and take appropriate steps to clean up and restore your property. As experts in flood damage restoration, we at SERVPRO of Overland/Cool Valley understand the challenges homeowners and businesses face during this difficult time. In this comprehensive guide, we'll share valuable tips and insights on how to safely clean up after a flood, drawing from our experience and expertise in the field.

Safety First

Safety should always be the top priority when dealing with flood cleanup efforts. Before you begin, it's crucial to assess potential hazards and take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family. Here are some essential safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Assess the Risk: Before entering the flooded area, assess the risk of electrical hazards, structural damage, and contamination. If there's a risk of electric shock, turn off the power supply to the affected area before entering.
  2. Wear Protective Gear: Remember to wear appropriate protective gear, including rubber gloves, rubber boots, and safety goggles, to protect yourself from exposure to contaminated water and debris.
  3. Avoid Contaminated Water: Floodwater can be contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, and other hazardous substances. Avoid direct contact with floodwater and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water if you come into contact with it.
  4. Use Caution Around Debris: Be cautious when navigating through the flooded area, as debris and other objects may be submerged and pose tripping hazards.
  5. Seek Professional Help: If the damage is extensive or if you're unsure about how to safely proceed, seek professional assistance from a qualified flood damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Overland/Cool Valley

Assessing the Damage

Once you've ensured your safety, the next step is to assess the extent of the damage caused by the flood. A thorough assessment will help you develop a plan for cleanup and restoration. Here's how to assess the damage effectively:

  1. Inspect the Structure: Carefully inspect the structure of your home, including walls, floors, ceilings, and foundation, for signs of damage such as cracks, warping, or shifting.
  2. Check Utilities: Inspect electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems for damage. If you suspect any damage to these utilities, refrain from using them until they've been inspected and repaired by a qualified professional.
  3. Document the Damage: Take photographs and videos of the damage to document the extent of the flood damage for insurance purposes. Make a detailed inventory of damaged items and belongings.

Removing Water and Debris

Once you've assessed the damage, the next step is water damage restoration. Prompt removal of standing water is essential to prevent further damage and minimize the risk of mold growth. Here's how to safely remove water and debris:

  1. Use Pumps and Wet/Dry Vacuums: Use pumps, wet/dry vacuums, or buckets to remove standing water from the flooded area. Start by removing as much water as possible to speed up the drying process.
  2. Dispose of Debris: Remove debris, mud, and silt from the flooded area using shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows. Dispose of debris properly according to local regulations.
  3. Clean and Sanitize: Thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected area to remove any remaining dirt, bacteria, and contaminants. Use disinfectants and cleaning solutions recommended for flood cleanup.
  4. Dry Thoroughly: Use fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows to facilitate drying and ventilation. Ensure that the affected area is completely dry to prevent mold growth and further damage.

Cleaning and Disinfecting 

After removing water and debris, it's essential to clean and disinfect the affected area to eliminate bacteria, mold, and other contaminants. Here are some tips for cleaning and disinfecting after a flood:

  1. Clean Surfaces: Clean and scrub all surfaces, including walls, floors, and furniture, with soap and water to remove dirt and debris. Use brushes, mops, and sponges to scrub stubborn stains and residues.
  2. Disinfect: Use disinfectants and antimicrobial solutions to kill bacteria, mold, and other pathogens. Pay special attention to areas that came into contact with floodwater, such as floors, walls, and appliances.
  3. Launder Fabrics: Wash and disinfect clothing, bedding, and other fabric items that have been exposed to floodwater. Use hot water and laundry detergent to kill bacteria and remove contaminants.
  4. Clean HVAC Systems: Clean and disinfect HVAC systems, including air ducts, vents, and filters, to prevent the spread of mold and contaminants throughout the home.
  5. Clean and Sanitize Belongings: Clean and sanitize belongings, furniture, and household items that have been affected by floodwater. Use appropriate cleaning products and techniques for different materials.

Restoring and Repairing

Once the cleanup and disinfection process is complete, the next step is to restore and repair the damage caused by the flood. Depending on the extent of the damage, restoration may involve structural repairs, electrical work, and mold remediation. Here's how to restore and repair your home after a flood:

  1. Structural Repairs: Assess the structural integrity of your home and address any damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and foundation. Hire a qualified contractor to perform structural repairs as needed.
  2. Electrical Work: Have electrical systems inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician to ensure safety and compliance with building codes. Replace damaged wiring, outlets, and electrical appliances as needed.
  3. Mold Remediation: If mold is present in your home, hire a professional mold remediation company to safely remove and remediate mold growth. Mold can pose serious health risks and should be addressed promptly and thoroughly.
  4. Replace Damaged Items: Replace or repair damaged items and belongings that cannot be salvaged or restored. This may include furniture, appliances, flooring, and personal belongings.

Preventative Measures

After completing the cleanup and restoration process, it's important to take proactive measures to prevent future flooding and water damage. Here are some preventative measures you can take to protect your home:

  1. Install Flood Barriers: Consider installing flood barriers or flood gates to prevent water from entering your home during heavy rain or flooding events.
  2. Elevate Utilities: Elevate electrical panels, HVAC systems, and other utilities above potential flood levels to minimize damage in the event of a flood.
  3. Seal Cracks and Openings: Seal cracks and openings in your home's foundation, walls, and windows to prevent water infiltration during storms.
  4. Maintain Gutters and Drains: Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris to ensure proper drainage away from your home. Maintain and clean storm drains to prevent backups and flooding.
  5. Invest in Flood Insurance: Consider purchasing flood insurance to protect your home and belongings in the event of a flood. Standard homeowners insurance policies typically do not cover flood damage.


Cleaning up after a flood can be a daunting and challenging task, but with the right knowledge and preparation, you can safely restore your home and protect your family's health and safety. By prioritizing safety, assessing the damage, removing water and debris, cleaning and disinfecting, restoring and repairing, and taking preventative measures, you can navigate the cleanup process effectively and minimize the risk of further damage. Remember, if you're unsure about how to safely proceed or if the damage is extensive, don't hesitate to seek professional assistance from a qualified flood damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Overland/Cool Valley. We are here to help restore your home or business from flood damage. 

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