Selling You Phoenix Home With Flood Damage
As soon as you know your house has flood damage, you need to be in contact with your insurance company. In many cases, homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by flood water. Instead, you need additional flood insurance, but your insurance agent can clarify that for you better than anyone else. Regardless, you need to take action as fast as possible once it is safe to return to your home. Starting the cleaning process will help to reduce the damage and make clean up a less difficult task.
Remove The Mud And Silt
In Phoenix, there is a lot of dirt and sand in every neighborhood. And the flood waters are certain to have carried a great deal of that mud into your home. You will want to begin to remove the mud before it has time to dry or to soak into your walls and other parts of the home. Thick mud can be shoveled into buckets to carry out or into a wheelbarrow to be removed from your home. Then wash the remaining mud out using a garden hose.
Clean and Disinfect
Cleaning and disinfecting as quickly as possible will help to eliminate any future health concerns with germs and mold. A heavy duty cleaner and hot water are your best tools. Bleach can be used on most surfaces except metal which will discolor when soaked in bleach.
Some items will absorb too much water and contamination to ever be clean and safe to use again. Items such as mattresses, pillows, carpet, and curtains are best disposed of and replaced. Even a small amount of contamination left on a soft surface can be dangerous, as mold can begin to grow in less than 48 hours.
Remove any damaged drywall, plaster or other wallboards that has gotten wet and inspect the framing for damage and moisture. If the moisture is significant, it is best to hire a professional to complete the removal and repairs of the water damaged materials. Incomplete removal can allow for extensive mold growth inside walls and floors which will present a serious health risk to anyone in the home.
Clearly, repairing damage from a flood is costly and can require a great deal of time to ensure that no mold has begun to grow and that all of the contamination has been removed. If this is more work that you are willing to tackle, contact the buyers at Higher Offer to receive a cash offer to buy your home in as-is condition. We will pay you cash for your home, and you can forget about the tragedy of the flood and all of the damage that it caused to your home. In addition, you can rest assured that your family is safe and will never suffer any ill effects from mold or other contamination.