Here at Newlife Cleaning Systems, we have seen the damaging effects the recent heavy downpours of rain have had on peoples’ lives. North East homes, alongside those of the rest of the country, have been destroyed by flooding, with people losing thousands of pounds worth of possessions, and being left with their home upside down, struggling to decide how to approach a clean.
Often, the extent of the damage is so great, that assistance from a contract cleaning company such as ourselves is required. If this is the case, we are delighted to help in whatever we can, and take a flexible approach to every client’s requirements.
However, for the occasions when the damage is less severe and you are able to restore your home yourself, you should follow some of our simple tips to allow you to do it as hygienically and effectively as possible.
What should you wear?
It is essential to bear in mind, that you have no way of knowing what the water that filled your home contained. As a result of this, you should approach any residue that remains with the assumption that it could be harmful. Wear protective overalls and wellingtons or work boots before entering the area. If you can, we recommend that you wear a protective face mask, before entering , and a pair of disposable gloves are an essential.
Where should you start?
You should execute the clean of your property in the day, as it may need to be done without the use of electric lighting. You should get someone qualified to do so to switch off your electricity, before you consider approaching the area. This should be done at the mains, to allow you to be as safe as possible from the outset. Throughout the process, you should avoid all contact with the electrics in your home, until you have been informed that it is safe to do so.
You should enlist the services of an engineer to check your central heating systems, including oil and gas elements. Although this may feel like stating the obvious, it is still worth noting down before you begin.
Once you have received confirmation that everything is in order, you should turn your heating on to begin drying out your home. For optimum drying, at a steady pace, it is recommended that you keep the temperature at around 20 degrees Celsius.
There is a range of equipment on the market that can make removing water from your house a quick and simple process. Pump and generator machines are available to hire, and can remove the waste water with ease. You should only use the pump generator when the flood levels have severely lessened outside of your home, for the benefits of structural safety.
Once this is done, and your home is on the way to being dry, you will be able to begin shovelling out any mud, litter and other debris that may have been brought into your home. For disposing of this waste, you could get in touch with your local council, who may be willing to provide you with skips and other items.
Rinsing away the mess with your garden hose, if you have one, is a good and gentle solution. You may be tempted to use pressure washers, which have a more instant effect, but try to refrain from doing so- it will stir up any dangerous particles in the residue into the atmosphere.
Once you are satisfied, you can begin your clean of your home. General household cleaning products will still achieve excellent cleaning results. Ensure you go about disinfecting areas in the same way you would usually; with antibacterial products that won’t be harmful to your home.
Finally, you must decide how you would like your home to dry. If naturally, you will need to keep the doors and windows open as much as possible. Alternatively, if you would prefer to use dehumidifiers, ensure that your windows and doors are always shut.
Our tips have been taken from the advice provided by the Environment Agency. If you would like to view the full article, this can be done here: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/54871.aspx.
If you would require further advice on cleaning up after a flood, or you would like a member of our team to provide you with a free quotation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.