Emergencies caused by natural disasters can be terrific. Sadly, these emergencies don’t knock or even give you time to respond to them. For example, when it rains too much and floods occur, flood water will get into your home abruptly. You will have no time to prepare or even call for help to prevent the floodwater from getting into your house. You will watch house floods without being able to do anything about it.
Flood water refers to water that flows from a river, lake, leaks, carelessly opened taps etc. Sometimes the water comes from too much rain falling on the soil surface.
Consequences of floods
Floods have many consequences. Floodwaters have damaged property and claimed lives. While floodwaters have caused damage, floods have played a critical role in our ecosystem functions and biodiversity. Floods also contaminate water supply systems such as wells, rivers, ponds, and dams. Any drinking water source that mixes with floods are equally contaminated.
This type of water refers to water that is stagnant in one place. These include water in water supply systems like ponds, dams, and wells. Well taken care of standing water are less harmful to human beings. However, standing water resulting from floods can be dangerous to humans. Moisture gathered in holes, for example, forms breeding grounds for mosquitos, thus spreading malaria. Other disease-causing organisms can live in the flooded and spread water-borne diseases like bilharzia.
Standing water mainly results from poorly drained soil and low spots in the yard. For poorly drained soil, proper drainage can be done by constructing storm drains to carry away flood water, reduce flooding and create a safe environment for people and property.
Things to do when your house floods
Floods can ruin your life within minutes. You cannot control what floods do to you and your family. However, you can take precautionary measures to prevent danger. Here are a few guides you can use before calling us for flood cleanup.
First, do not panic. Relax and see ways to escape from the scene and if that is the best option to prevent loss of life, think safety first and always.
Get to the fuse box and turn off the main power switch from your power equipment. Do this as well to all the individual fuse switches. Water and electricity do not mix, and your house’s electrical system will be compromised. Avoid electrical shock by doing the basics. If you have gas in your home, switch off the main gas valve to prevent gas leaks. If you can still smell gas even after switching off the valve, call the gas company for help.
Wear protective gear to reduce your chances of being hurt. For example, you can wear rubber boots. Rubber boots do not conduct electricity and will protect you from shock. Boots will protect you from chemical substances harmful to your health.
Flooding caused by a burst in water pipe or breakage of the water supply system can be stopped by blocking the water source.
Ensure the property is structurally safe. Avoid getting into a house if it has the risk of falling. Contact your facility company for help where necessary. If your home doesn’t have good drainage, you face higher risks doing things by yourself.
Call your flood insurance company to inform the company of the occurrence.
The flood insurance company should speed up the cleanup process and return to normalcy. Strictly follow instructions from your insurance company about the cleanup process. Wait for the adjuster the company sends before you begin cleanup.
To ensure you completely dry the area, remove any stagnant water. Water damage can be deceptive. Some water can penetrate structural cavities on partially enclosed structures. Try to limit water seepage that you may come across.
Guidance on cleaning your home after a flood
Flood cleanup is not an easy task. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests general methodologies on what you can use to be safe. However, since you are not a professional, here are a few guides you can use to deal clean up floods:
Wear protection. Floodwaters carry all manner of dirt. Plastic bags, storm drains, ditches, and sewer lines. These substances should not touch your skin.
Cover your legs and hands to prevent you from getting into contact with sewage or mold. They can cause allergic reactions. Also, wear a mask to prevent you from breathing in mold spores which can cause respiratory problems.
Drying out a home after a flood should be done as soon as possible to prevent mold from growing. Mold growth starts in 24 hours. Within two days, you will see mold nearly everywhere. In the drying process, use a wet-dry shop vacuum. For water flooding the basement, use a sump pump or gasoline-powered pump to drain the water.
Airing out the house is the first step to getting rid of mold. Use an air conditioner to provide conditioning to your home.
Keep indoor air conditioners running. It sends cold air outwards and ensures the house air system is superb. Proper circulation of air will remove excess moisture. If you only have fans in your house, you can keep your windows open. The exhaust should also be placed to face the open windows.
If you have no power, a portable generator could help. While using a generator, beware of carbon monoxide poisoning from the gas it produces. You can control carbon monoxide poisoning by ensuring you do not run the generator indoors, and if you do not have power, open windows, and doors for air to flow if weather permits.
Use moisture meters to monitor the moisture. To detect and remove excess water, you will need a moisture meter.
Use shovels or rakes to remove wet silt and debris from your home. Throw it away from your home. Before you get home, ensure you sanitize your clothes and clean the tools with bleach after use. You can mix chlorine bleach to form mix bleach solution. Chlorine bleach is a good disinfectant.
If any household items have been damaged and you can’t clean and dry them within twenty-four to forty-eight hours of your house being flooded, follow the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and discard them. The chances are that these items already harbor mold.
Remove Flooring. Your ceramic tile, sheet vinyl, laminate, solid wood floors, and other hard surfaces may appear intact. However, moisture can gather below the solid wood and other building materials, causing havoc.
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Cleaning entails removing dust or dirt on a surface or object. In this case, we will focus on cleaning carpets and carpet surfaces. Rugs vary depending on their make. Cleaning the carpet depends on where the carpet is; if the carpet is in the living room, it is less stressed than in public areas and thus less dirty. Some carpets may require advanced professional carpet cleaning, while others require a primary cleaning method. Here are some various tips on how to clean your carpet at home.
How do you clean carpets like a professional?
You need to know today’s carpet cleaning technology and intelligent chemistry to clean your carpet professionally. You will also require professional equipment, or you can contact professional carpet cleaners to your home or office to do the job. That’s where we come in. At Pacific NW Restoration, we deal with all types of upholstery and carpet cleaning.
Why does my carpet look worse after cleaning?
Dirty carpets have to be cleaned. However, carpets may look worse after cleaning due to carpet age or deep stains. Some stains keep hidden on the carpet floor surface and come to the upper surface from steam cleaning a carpet. They are old stains buried in the pile now coming up as the carpet dries. These piles can only be vacuumed off which cleans the surface dirt off the carpet fabric once the carpet is completely dry.
Carpets may also look worse due to soap residue left after carpet cleaning. Residues attract dirt. It acts as a dirt magnet, creating a sticky mess once in contact. To remove the carpet stain and ensure you have a clean carpet, use a clean white cloth to suck up the residue, then take a spray bottle of white vinegar and spray down the carpet stain, then press the white cloth to absorb the vinegar and more soap residue held by the carpet fibers.
Another cause might be that your carpet is in high traffic areas meaning it may be worn out. Steam cleaning pulls up the piles and, worn carpet fibers show, making the clean carpet look old and, hence you should handle the carpet carefully to avoid tear.
Ways to make your carpet look new
The carpet may require a new touch to make it look new. Baking soda has proven effective, meaning you will not need a steam cleaner. This process will only use shaving cream and baking soda.
Spray on the stain with shaving cream foam and leave to rest for 25-30 minutes, then use a clean cloth to remove carpet stains. Sparingly pour adequate baking soda on the carpet and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The baking soda will absorb the dirt particles making it easier to use a vacuum cleaner. Baking soda also helps get rid of bad smells.
Is rinsing the carpet after shampooing okay?
Rinsing takes longer, but it is not discouraged. It is advisable to rinse using a mixture of vinegar and water poured into a carpet cleaning machine tank. Rinsing carpets remove any cleaning solution left behind in the carpet fibers. Carpet cleaning machines squeeze out all the water and carpet cleaning solution, leaving the carpet almost dry; thus, rinsing is not recommended.
Rinsing the carpet means a more extended period of keeping the carpets clean.
Carpet cleaning tips
These tips are for protecting your carpet from dirt:
Nylon, polyester, acrylic, polypropylene, and wool are the most used fibers in making carpets. Each fiber got its unique feature, allowing one to choose the fit and comfortable carpet. When purchasing a carpet, people consider the price or the function of the carpet, while some just want a beautiful carpet. The best type of carpet fiber depends entirely on the buyer and the function of the carpet.
Cleaning solutions are cleaning agents that remove dust, stains, odors, and other particles on carpets or hard surface floors.
These agents maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the house, health, and prevent bad smells. These solutions can be bought at shops like sodium hydroxide, while others can be homemade with baking soda, castile soap, white vinegar, and water.
It is advisable to treat a stain once it occurs. Paper towels or a white cloth will absorb the moisture off liquid spills. Use a few drops of club soda to remove a wine stain and blot the stain with a paper towel. A dull knife lifts solid mud stains or butter knife for food substances.
Shaving cream has been termed the best carpet cleaner to clean stains. It is much cheaper and readily available. when dealing with chewing gum, which may cause a sticky mess, place an ice cube on it for almost 40 seconds to make the chewing gum frozen, then carefully scrape or lift and cut carpet fibers as close to the gum as possible to avoid being noticed. This cleaning process can also work on candle wax.
Always ensure you pretest stains when you are unsure of the method or the cleaning agent you are using. Use an inconspicuous part of the carpet to pretest stains. If this is not an option, it is advisable to call the experts in.
Deep cleaning carpets
A regular deep-clean using a steam cleaner is necessary to keep the carpet looking fresh. Before cleaning, move as much furniture as possible to ensure all bases are covered. Steam cleaning uses a cleaning solution under pressure to clean the depths of the carpet. Hot water and steam penetrate the carpet fibers and loosen any dirt particles at the backing. Most professional carpet cleaners use a combination of detergents and a carpet shampooer to deep clean your carpet.
You can use distilled white vinegar. The process involves vacuuming and treating visible stains, making a vinegar solution in a spray bottle, applying the solution, leaving it for a while, and rinsing, then allowing the carpet to air-dry.
You can use baking soda and salt. First, you vacuum and pretreat stains, mix baking soda and salt, sprinkle the mixture, spritz plain water from a spray bottle, wipe dry to avoid a damp carpet, and dry.
Plastic film should be placed on the carpet surface if the room is in use as the cleaning job continues or the carpet is not yet dry.
Sometimes the carpet piles a lot of dirt and stains that are old and impossible to remove, you can then purchase a new carpet with a different fiber, but before you make such a drastic measure, contact us to do the cleaning for you. If we cannot clean it (which is rare), then it surely has run its course.
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People avoid cleaning services for fear of vigorous actions on their property; we offer the best and most professional carpet cleaning services at Pacific NW Restoration. We remove the most stubborn carpet dirt and stains embodied in carpet fibers. Our services are available 24hours, 7days a week, and for emergency restoration services in and around the entire Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.
We are your guys when it comes to water extraction, drying and dehumidifying, deodorizing, and sanitizing. We also combine carpet cleaning with mold remediation because we understand that wet surfaces are the breeding ground for molds. We apply high pressure and temperature steam cleaning to neutralize and get rid of mold spores for you. Call us at any time at 503-796-9658 for any service you may require.