If flooding from a river or excessive rainfall were to affect your home, you would need to act fast to remove the water before any permanent damage happened. Water damage is not fun to clean up after, but it is possible to do yourself if you are aware of what needs to be done. Here are directions that you can put to use if your home were to become the victim of a flood.
You would want to first turn off any electricity that powers the rooms affected by the flood. You run the risk of electrocution if you keep the power running. Find the breaker box and turn the switch for the affected rooms to the off position.
After the power is off, unplug any electronics and electric appliances. You can place them outside in the sun to see if they are able to be salvaged. If you were to leave them plugged in and then turn on the power when you are done cleaning up, you risk damaging them, if they are not already damaged.
Removing The Water
The easiest and fastest way to remove water from the room would be to run a water pump. You will need to run an extension cord from a power source off-site, such as from a car. If this is not feasible, you will need to resort to the bucket method. This entails scooping up the water and dumping it outside.
Make sure you are wearing protective clothing when working with dirty water, such as waders and gloves. You should rip out the carpeting for disposal as it is a breeding ground for mold after being under water for so long. Mold can cause many health problems, so it is not worth trying to save the carpeting.
Drying The Room
When you finally are able to see the floor, you will need to dry the room completely. Make sure the room looks dry enough to be able to turn the power back on so you can run a few fans and a dehumidifier in the room. At nighttime, open the windows to let in cooler air.
Everything that had been touched by the stagnant water should be cleaned thoroughly. Use a mixture of bleach and water to scrub over all surfaces to help kill any chance of the growth of mold. Use a heavy-duty mold and mildew cleaner, as well.