Michigan is a midwestern US state that receives more than its fair share of inclement weather. Heavy snowstorms in the winter months and powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring and summer months often are the causes of flooding in many areas of the state.
If you are a Michigan homeowner and have recently experienced a flood wherein your house was breached by dirty water, your nerves surely must be on edge and your heart broken. However, even though it may look hopeless at first, it is very possible to return your home to the state it was in before the disaster struck by taking the necessary steps to clean up following the flood.
The first thing that should be done is to contact your insurance agency. Even though general homeowner’s insurance does not over flood damage, you may have flood insurance if you live in a risk zone. If so, your insurer may ask you to use a special cleanup company. If you do not have coverage, then it is up to you to hire a company to work with. There are many qualified Michigan flood damage cleanup companies located throughout the state, so be sure that you select a company that is experienced and qualified.
While you are waiting for help to arrive, you can do a few things yourself to get the ball rolling. First of all, you need to turn off the power to your house at the main switch. Do not however, stand in water when doing so. Once the power is off you can begin to remove water damaged items from your home. It is best to take everything outside so that they can dry out and so you can do a visual inspection to determine if they are worth saving or not. Generally speaking, water-soaked carpeting is not worth keeping as it is very hard to clean filthy flood water out of carpeting. Flood water is very dirty and most often contains a high amount of sediment, chemicals and even oils.
Once the cleanup team arrives, be sure to ask them to check those out-of-the-way places such as inside the walls, closets and crawl spaces for water damage. These are the areas that mold can begin to grow within twenty-four to forty-eight hours, so it is imperative that these damp areas be dried using industrial strength blowers. Often times wall insulation is water-soaked as well in a flood, so be sure to have the professionals remove and discard this. You will have to arrange to have new insulation put in, but that can be dealt with after the flood remediation team is done performing their work.