The number one priority when dealing with a property that has been damaged by flooding or flood waters is drying out what can be salvaged and removing the rest. This relates to all parts of the structure that are wet as well as any damaged items or debris remaining in the home. If proper steps are not taken immediately to remediate the water damage, the likelihood of successfully recovering anything is small. Additionally, flooding can cause structural damage and mold that could make the property unsafe.
The time it takes to fully dry out a home after flooding varies, but it typically requires between twelve hours to a few weeks depending on outside humidity levels/other weather and the steps taken in the immediate aftermath of a storm or flood.
Removing water, moisture and any mold or compromised surfaces, items and materials is your top priority upon re-entry.
In many situations where significant mold growth is likely it is often best to trust the job to remediation experts with the proper experience, equipment and protective gear. Simple bleach and water mixtures may not be adequate to killing every type of mold.
Many of the consequences of failing to remediate properly after a flood are health-related and could affect the long-term wellness of you or your family. As always, it’s best to err on the side of caution when remediating after a flood.