If you live in an area that's been affected by wildfires, chances are good that you'll also be affected by floods once the rains arrive. That's because fires rid the mountains of vegetation that help the rains get absorbed into the soil more easily. Once that vegetation is gone, the water is able to flow down the mountains faster, which increases the likelihood of mudslides and floods. If your home is affected by a flood or mudslide, you'll need to act fast to clean up the damage. Here are three steps you can take begin the cleanup process.
Drain the Water
When you're faced with mudslide damage, you'll be tempted to start tackling the mud immediately. However, that's not what you want to do. You actually want to tackle the standing water first. Use a sump pump to remove as much of the standing water as possible. Once the water has been removed, it will be much easier to start removing the mud and silt. If you have a significant amount of water, you may want to use more than one sump pump for the cleanup effort. Using multiple sump pumps will help remove the water quicker.
Remove Your Furniture
As soon as you've drained all the water from your home, you'll need to start removing the furniture. You'll need to get the furniture out before you can begin clearing out the mud and silt, which will be coating the floor throughout your home. It's a good idea to set up a staging area where you'll be able to sort through the damage done to your furniture. This will be crucial when you file your insurance claim.
Shovel Away the Silt
Once the water has been removed from your home, you'll be left with a thick layer of mud and silt. You'll want to remove that before it has a chance to dry, or you'll be left with a bigger cleanup effort. The best way to remove the mud and silt is to use square-nosed shovels. Depending on the amount of mud, you can also use plastic snow shovels. Carefully scrape through the mud to prevent too much damage to the floor below. As soon as you've removed the mud, you can move on to the next phase in the cleanup.
Cleaning up after a flood can be a daunting task, especially when mud is involved. Use the tips provided here to get started on the process. If you've been left with a substantial amount of mud in your home, or you've suffered significant water damage, you should contact a water damage cleanup company. They can ensure that your cleanup is taken care of properly.