Rainstorms are the most common causes of flooding in Allentown, Pennsylvania. During early spring, the city is most susceptible to flooding because of heavy rains and melting snow. Moreover, there are numerous streams and rivers lacing throughout the city which, during heavy raining, tend to overflow. In some instances, it leads to flooding in residential areas.
Flooding can be an unpleasant sight; however, the more discouraging tasks are actually the water removal and cleanup tasks that come after. Aside from being time-consuming, removing the accumulated flood water in your home and dealing with the entire water damage in Allentown can be stressful. Yet, it needs to be done immediately and efficiently.
Floodwater naturally contains bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms which can even multiply and thrive if not removed. Water that stays or sits for a long period in your home can also cause damage to your home’s structure and belongings. Most of your belongings like sofas or beds may even be rendered useless if submerged in flood water.
So to avoid more damage to your home, it is best to start water removal procedures once flood started to recede outside. But before this, make sure that you have a cleanup plan so that you will be able to effectively remove the water and all the harmful microorganisms that come with it.
If you have more than one level of your home submerged in floodwater, your cleanup plan should first cover the upper sections of your home. This way, you do not have to clean and dry the lower sections again if they get dirty from foot traffic while cleaning the upper floors.
Every time you clean a level of your home, set priorities first so that you can give attention to valuables or home items which needs attention immediately. This way, you can salvage as many water-damaged items as possible. Before you start cleaning affected furniture or furnishing, though, determine if it can be successfully restored. Items that you think cannot be completely cleaned and dried of flood water should be thrown and disposed of properly. Thick and porous belongings like sofas, upholstery and beds are examples of items that may need to be discarded.
To lessen the time it will take you to remove floodwater from your floors and belongings, use water extraction equipment whenever available. This equipment ranges from portable to massive machines or from simple to heated ones. Make sure that you have a safe power source if using electrically-powered equipment.
Lastly, consider using an effective sanitizing agent to eradicate bacteria and viruses that came with floodwater and molds which might have thrived. Generally, water damage Allentown contractors make use of heat from steam, hot water or even the sun, bleach solutions or detergents to disinfect flood affected surfaces.
Water removal can be a difficult task but it needs to be done immediately. Creating a cleanup plan, using water extraction equipment and effectively disinfecting affected areas, or simply hiring your local contractor can lead to a successful water extraction and restoration of your damaged property.