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With the downpour of rain, sleet, and snow that our Front Range was blasted with this past weekend, a number of families faced or are facing flooding basements. If you walk downstairs to an inch of water covering your floor, what should you do?

Call Your Insurance Company!

They can advise you of any standard clean up procedures or any potential hazards. Once you’re aware of any dangers and have informed them of the situation, here are some routine cleaning procedures thanks to Utilities Kingston.

Preparation

  • Wear protective clothing, included disposable overalls, protective eyewear, gloves and a face mask.
  • Beware of electrical equipment and outlets. Shut off the electrical if possible. Make sure any appliances are completely dry before plugging in again.
  • Provide as much ventilation as you can, with open windows if the weather permits, and fans. This will help to get things dry.

Cleaning

  • Salvage your belongingsand remove as much as you can out of the flood zone. The quicker items are removed, the more likely rot, mildew, moulds and warping can be avoided.
  • Keep an itemized listof what you are pulling out and organize by what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. Your insurer may help you or be involved with this process.
  • Remove rugs, or roll them back out of the wet area. Any form of flooring that could have absorbed fluids needs to be removed and likely discarded, including wood flooring, underlayers, and so on.
  • Completey dry and disinfectfixed-in-place features such as the foundation floor, walls, furnace, and any other objects.
  • Eliminate excess waterusing old rags, towels, and other things. A wet/dry vacuum may also help with this.
  • Carpets and furniture that can be salvaged may need to be professionally cleaned and dried.
  • Some minor items may be suitable for placing in regular garbage pickup, but in all likelihood, a trip or two to the dump may be required.