Tenants Leave You With A Flood? 4 Steps To Safely Remove The Water

Posted on: 17 July 2015

Your tenants moved out without telling you. Unfortunately, they also didn't tell you that they plugged the drains and turned the water off before they left. Now you're faced with several inches of water in your home and the distinct aroma of mold. Before you wade in and start cleaning up the damage, there are a few things you should know about water removal.

Turn the Electricity Off

Before you enter your home, turn the electricity off. This will allow to check for potential electrical hazards. Walking into water that has been exposed to electricity could cause you serious injury.

When you walk into your home for the first time, check the water level. Make sure that the water has not come in contact with electrical outlets. With the power to the house off, unplug all electrical cords and lift them out of the water. Once you're sure there is no electrical danger, you can turn the power back on. You'll need it to run the cleanup equipment.

Treat All Flood Water Like It's Contaminated

Even water from a clean source can become contaminated if it's sat long enough. To protect yourself from waterborne illnesses, treat all flood water like it's contaminated. Before you begin cleanup, be sure you're wearing proper protective gear. This should include the following items.

  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves
  • Long pants tucked into your boots
  • Long-sleeved shirt tucked into your gloves

Remove All the Water

A small amount of water left in your home can lead to mold growth. To prevent this, you'll need to remove all the flood water. Place submersible pumps in each room to remove the standing water.

Once the standing water has been removed, you'll need to use a shop vacuum to remove water that is hiding in the fibers of your carpeting. Finally, remove any carpeting that's come in contact with the flood waters.

Use your shop vacuum to remove the remaining water from the floor and allow it to dry. If your carpeting has not been damaged, you'll be able to reinstall it once it's been dried out and cleaned.

Dry Your Home Thoroughly

After the water has been removed, you'll need to make sure your home is thoroughly dried. Place industrial fans in your home to dry your home and remove the moisture. Leave the fans on until there are no signs of moisture in your home. Be sure to remove the baseboards before you turn the fans on. This will ensure that you don't have water or moisture hiding in the walls.

If you're home has been flooded, you need to get the water cleaned up as quickly as possible. The steps listed above will help you get the job done right. If you see signs of obvious contamination in the water - such as fecal matter or engine fluids - you should have a professional water restoration team take care of the cleanup.