If your sink, toilet, or laundry machine overflowed and flooded water all over your floors, you may try to mop up the mess yourself. But if your actions only make the problem worse, take a different approach to the cleanup. You need more than a mop to keep your flooded home safe from damage. Learn what you can do about your wet floors below.

What Can You Do Now?

Your home produces different types of water during the day: black, gray, and white. Gray and white water usually flow through the cleanest pipes in your home, such as the lines leading to your washer machine and kitchen sink faucet. However, black water comes from the sewer lines in your bathroom, which makes it one of the most dangerous types of water to clean up.

The best thing you can do is determine where the flood water comes from in your home. If the water comes from your laundry machine or sink, soak up the water with rags and large towels. Also, open up your home or place fans in the house to dehumidify and ventilate the air. Moist air can lead to the growth of mildew, mold, and other pathogens. After the floors dry, contact a residential flood damage company for further instructions or assistance.

If sewer, or black, water infiltrated your floors and home, stop and call a residential flood damage company. For safety reasons, you don't want to clean up black water yourself.

What Can a Flood Damage Contractor Do Next?

A flood damage contractor will most likely isolate the wet areas in your home before they do anything else. By isolating the rooms, a contractor can determine the:

  • extent of flood damage in your floors and home
  • type of clean up you require for your floors and home
  • type of repairs you need for your floors and home

A contractor will use the information listed above to dry out and mitigate your floors and home. The drying process may include strategically placing flood restoration fans in each wet room in the house, including the rooms located above and below them. Moisture has the potential to travel to other areas of the house over time. A contractor needs to keep the moisture confined to the cleanup areas to make it easier for you later.

A contractor may also do a number of other critical things to secure your floors and house. If you need clarification about the drying and mitigation processes, consult a flood damage service. You can find immediate relief for your flooded home by calling a contractor today.