Cleaning Up After a Flood

A spring thaw can cause flooding and damage to many homes, which is why many people are preparing their homes for water damage restoration.

In most cases, the biggest problem after a flood, in terms of property damage, will be mold. It is important to thoroughly inspect your home for mold after a flood. Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, said a complete disinfecting is standard after a flood.

“You have to wipe down every surface,” Henderson said. “Some prefer not to use bleach, but bleach is kind of the standard.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests disinfecting with a  10 percent bleach solution – about two cups of bleach for every gallon of water. It is important to wear gloves and goggles while disinfecting. It is also advisable to purchase a respirator to protect your lungs from airborne contaminants.

If your home has been damaged by the recent flooding, please contact the Austin Water Damage experts of WOW Total Cleaning at 512-291-0048.



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