How Long Does It Take to Clean Up After a Hurricane
After you come back to your house, you need to quickly clean it up from all the mess. The furniture and all other objects have to be moved out of the house. The water need to be pumped out and all surfaces need to be disinfected. After that, the surfaces must be dried with a dehumidifier. You should try to clean up and dry your home within 24 – 48 hours. It is possible if you don’t dilly dally and keep focus in cleaning up the water damage.
The faster you clean up your house, the lesser mold will grow on your wall. If only a little mold infest your wall and floor, you can scrub them off with detergent. However, if you take your time to remove the standing water and disinfect the house, the mold will have already spread to all the walls in the affected area. This means you will have to spend more money to have the wall torn down, rebuilt and repainted.
If you clean up yourself, everything will be able to salvaged without costing you a lot of money. But, if you wait, you will eventually need to pay a lot of money to hire a professional to clean up the water damage. It is best to get your family members to assist you in the cleanup effort. The more people helping you, the faster you can clean up your house after a hurricane.
Sometimes, it is too dangerous to carry out the clean up. For example, the house structure is damaged and likely to collapse. You know this if you hear shifting sound while inside the house. It could also be you smell a strong chemical or musty smell in the house.
In this situation, you should not risk your life to clean up and repair the water damage on your own. Instead, you should let the professional help you. They have special equipment to carry out the water damage clean up and repair job safely and speedily. Their workers are trained to handle the equipment to ensure the clean up effort goes smoothly.
It takes a lot of work to clean up the water damage. Some people say doing it yourself save you a lot of money. However, it only applies to you if you already have the equipment and you are experiencing in performing water damage repair. If not, you will find yourself spending a lot of money in buying supplies and renting machineries. If you hire a professional, it could be cheaper since they get demands from lots of customers and they charge you a low price for the same service. The professionals can also guide you in the preventative measures for water damage in the near future.