When you end up with a flooded home or vehicle you would want to act real fast. You cannot postpone it to be done over the weekend. You just cannot let the situation be as it is for more than 24 hours. You would then also have to contend with the problem of the growth of mold, mildew and rust. It is therefore recommended that you act real fast with water extraction when you see that you have a water damaged house.
However you would have to be careful before you start working. You would have to check whether it is safe to start removing the water and if the flood is still continuing. If it is that the house has been condemned, has been put under evacuation orders, has the electricity turned on then there is no other option but to wait till it is possible to enter the house for cleaning and water extraction.
After you are certain that it is safe to enter the house, you can begin the clean up process. First you would need to arrange for the extraction of the standing water as quickly as possible. After draining the water you would see that there is a layer of mud and debris that has been collected in the house. The next step involves cleaning those. Get a shovel and start removing all the mud and the garbage that has collected there.
Apart from the house getting flooded you would also have all your belongings, including furnishings, carpet pads, wallpaper, carpets, floorboards, cabinets, walls, insulation, and drapes saturated with water. You will have to check which ones would have to be thrown away and which are the ones that can be treated with water extraction, cleaned and kept for further use.
Cleaning a water damaged home is overwhelming. However it is important that you get down to the job as soon as possible. Open the doors and windows of the house and start to remove the water. If you discover that a plumbing problem has led to the area being flooded you would need to fix it first and then start removing the water. Find out the how did the water enter the basement and inspect the floor and the walls of the basement closely to know about it.
It is very important that you stat work quickly so as to minimize the chances of damage. If it is that the entire locality has been flooded it might be that everybody would be busy cleaning up their own houses. You would therefore not be able to get any help from your neighbors. If however it is that only your house has been inundated you can ask people to pitch in with water extraction.
You can also hire professionals who would be able to do the extraction work quickly since time is of utmost importance here. The professionals come equipped with proper equipments as well as a host of other tools to clean your home in the most efficient way and as fast as possible. There are a number of companies in your area that offer extraction facilities and search your yellow pages to find one.