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What Must Be Thrown Out After a Flood?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

wet carpet The carpet needs to be removed at least to help the drying process.

What Should You Throw Away After a Flood?

Storm damage can lead to some of the worst damage a home can experience in Fernridge, MO. Some things can be disinfected and saved, but some materials may need removed. Knowing what to expect when it comes to the recovery or tear out of materials can be helpful preparation.

Toss It

As for items that can't be saved, be prepared for specialists to recommend the following materials to be part of the tear-out process. Most of these common building materials are porous and become quickly saturated with water causing structural damage like warping. Porous materials that are damaged by water are also a magnet for mold growth. To help you mentally prepare, here is a list of things that typically need to be removed after a flood:

• Carpet and padding. Carpet might be cleaned and saved, but both need to be removed at least to help the drying process.

• Vinyl and linoleum. These may be removed depending on what surface is underneath.

• Wall insulation. All porous wall insulation must be disposed of.

• Plaster walls. These must be removed.

• Drywall. This may require a partial or full removal depending on the height of the flood damage.

• Electrical outlets. Remove any that were in standing water.

Keep It

Water damage restoration specialists can help you effectively clean those things that can be saved. Working with your home's structure and building materials or your personal belongings, professionals have training and experience to identify what you can save and how to clean each different type of material. After a flood, disinfectants and antimicrobials may be needed to clean your belongings to ensure your family is safe from harmful contaminants.

After tear-out and cleaning, complete drying of your home and its contents is the last critical stage to saving your items before repairs and replacement begin. This step is critical to begin quickly and to complete thoroughly to prevent mold growth. The right professionals will be able to manage each step of the storm restoration process, from beginning to end.

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