How to Clean Up After a Flood

Jim Bracken of Chicago knows how stressful a natural disaster can be for the entire family and household. After you’ve suffered a flood, you will be in need of waste disposal and dumpster rentals right away. Here are just a few ways you will have to clean your house after a flood.

After-Flood

Shoveling Out Contaminated Sludge

When your home has suffered a flood, the mud, muck, and other dirt, now in your home, is likely filled with contaminants. These contaminants could contain dangerous bacteria, diseases, and other unsavory items that you do not want in your home. The first task to cleaning your home after a flood is to shovel out any contaminated dirt and water. Most likely, this dirt should go into a dumpster or taken far away from your home and other houses. Your waste management company and flood remediation services can dispose of this waste safely.

Recovering Soaked Items

You should take any personal items that can be salvaged away from the moisture-ridden home. Everything involved in the flood is in danger of contracting mold and mildew as long as it remains wet. Be sure to get all of your items dried and disinfected as soon as possible. Be aware that some personal items, such as books, bedding, and other fabric or paper items, may not be salvageable. Prepare yourself for the possibility that you will have to throw some personal possessions away.

Throwing Out Destroyed Items

Unfortunately, not everything can be saved after a flood. If your home appliances, electronics, drywall, flooring, or furniture was damaged in the flood, you will want to rent a dumpster to throw everything out. Drywall and most floorings cannot be saved after a flood. Depending on the type of insulation you have, you may need to throw out most of it. Also, many paper products, such as books and cardboard boxes, will need to be thrown out, as well.

Brackenbox has 24/7 emergency dumpster services for all disasters. Call Jim Bracken at (708) 339-4100 to learn more about various dumpster sizes and rentals.