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					Top Tips for Home and Basement Flood Clean-up After the
Hurricane
 With the threat of Hurricane Irene hitting the East Coast of the U.S. this weekend,
 AllergyBuyersClub, an internet retailer of dehumidifiers and other mold prevention
 products, recommends the following tips they have passed on to their customers over the
 years in helping them deal with the post flood clean-up in their home and basement.
Online PR News – 26-August-2011 Top tips for a flood clean-up after a hurricane:
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1. Exercise caution when first entering your flooded home. If there is still flood water, it is prudent to
wear rubber boots and gloves. Turn the electricity off at the breaker box and get all electrical
appliances and extension cords up on higher ground dry them out. Make sure your home is
structurally safe, which means looking out for broken sharp objects on the floor and anything you
might trip over before moving on to restoration.

2. Boil all drinking water or use bottled water after a flood. Areas that are dry but have been
exposed to sewage due to floods should be thoroughly washed down with a solution of household
bleach and water. We recommend a 25% bleach to water solution to reduce surface damage and
health problems.

3. If in doubt, throw it out. Toss out all water damaged rugs, particle board furniture, mattresses,
suitcases, food, even photographs and books damaged by flood waters. Then follow your local
authority guidelines for flood damaged goods disposal. Many electrical appliances will not survive if
they have been submerged in flood water. Dishwashers, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners are
cheaper to replace than repair following a disaster. Use rubber gloves and mask to clean loose
debris to avoid inhaling any toxic particles.

4. Remove remaining flood water and dehumidify damp areas. Clean up the last standing flood
water with a portable submersible sump pump or a wet dry vac. Then use high capacity, low
temperature dehumidifiers to prevent mold and mildew. An auxiliary or built-in condensante pump
makes this task a lot easier. It is important to open windows and ventilate rather than turn on the
heat high (about 50°F) in the house or use fans, which is an invitation to grow mold spores and
spread them around the house. Do not try to dry out the house too quickly after a flood, because it
will cause wood floors to warp and buckle extending flood damage and slowing restoration.

5. Clean flood affected surfaces thoroughly. Wash all surface area damage, such as walls,
cabinets, basement floors including those which were not in direct flood contact with your bleach
solution. Then wipe down with clear water. Using a vapor steam cleaner on all surfaces to disinfect
is an even better solution.
6. Check for interior and structural flood damage. Remove dry wall up to and 2 feet above flood
levels on walls and remove all insulation which came in contact with flood waters. It is imperative to
do this if you want to avoid future mold problems. The company has heard too many horror stories
from customers whose houses became infested with toxic mold after a flood - so it is not worth
taking a chance and skipping this step. Replace hardwood flooring especially all sub floors if they
have been soaked by flood water. Keep ventilating with fresh air until the house is completely dry.
Have the duct work professionally cleaned after the house has dried out.

7. Inspect your electrical and plumbing systems after a flood. Have an HVAC professional inspect
your electrical systems and appliances after flood waters recede. Replace all filters and switches.
Check your furnace, as a burnout of the motor may be imminent. Make sure your plumbing and
toilet facilities are working.

8. The air quality of a home and basement can also be compromised while the dwelling structure is
drying out. Air sterilizers or enhanced Hepa air purifiers can help remove airborne mold spores and
bacteria that may be in the home and they should be run continuously until the air particle count
returns to normal.

AllergyBuyersClub.com has qualified product experts who are available until midnight EST by
phone or chat to provide helpful advise on any of our dehumidifiers, steam cleaners, air purifiers or
more to help with any flood clean up. The company also offers fast free shipping across the 48
contiguous for most orders over $150.

For more information visit AllergyBuyersClub.com or call toll-free 1-888-236-7231.
Media Information
Name      : Gary McEldowney
Email     : mceldowneyg@bostongreengoods.com
Url       : http://www.allergybuyersclub.com
PO Box : 45 Braintree Hill Office Park
City      : Braintree
State     : MA
Zip Code : 02184
Country : United States

				
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