How To Recover From Water Damage, Fire, and Mold

Cleaning Up After a Calamity

Being hit by a calamity such as a flood, fire or cyclones is devastating as it is.  However, the more significant challenge lies in cleaning up the aftermath as early as possible and trying to restore whatever it is that has been salvaged.  Taking into consideration the economic aspect, you may want to cut on costs and do the cleaning job yourself.  However, there are cleanup jobs that you can not do yourself and have to employ the services of professional cleaners.

First Things First

Going back home right after a calamity will not be wise, as it might be dangerous to do so.  You have to have local authorities such as the police or firemen inspect your place before entering it for security reasons. If your house is insured, it would be best to inform your insurer of the experienced calamity immediately so your insurer can start processing the claim.  They can even give you helpful tips or endorse you to reputable disaster cleaning companies.  The insurer will appreciate your efforts to undertake the cleaning up parts of your home that do not need special equipment or specialists.

For the following tasks, however, experienced and professional contractors should be employed for best and quick results:

Mold remediation:

Having a prolonged damp environment is one of the best conditions for mold growth.   So after a fire or flood, the home should be rid of stagnant water as soon as possible because molds can develop in a couple of days or less.  Only a professional cleaning company with the right equipment can do this expediently.

Cleaning up water damage:

After a calamity that exposes a property to excessive water (fire or flood), the property owner should endeavor to extract the excess water the soonest possible time.  The cleaning contractor can remove the water and clear out the debris to identify which of the items can still be salvaged.  The affected areas, as well as the furniture and fixtures, should be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.

Cleaning Up After Fire:

The stench of smoke can seep into everything that it touches following a fire.  The resulting soot can discolor and damage any object it lands on.  This is a monstrous job that needs the expertise of cleaning companies to clean up all the rabbles and take out the smoke odor from the entire building, not to mention the air conditioning and heating systems.

Restoration of Documents:

When all the debris has been cleaned up, next in line in of things to do is seeing the extent of damage of your legal documents and personal records.  Depending on the degree of damage, you might have to employ the services of companies specializing in the restoration of documents using some modern techniques.  Some of these are freeze drying, air drying and dehumidifying.