Cleaning After Hurricane: FAQs

House in storm

Cleanup after a hurricane can be a painfully slow process. If you have been smart enough to foresee and apply these hurricane precautionary measures, you would have already saved money, health and time.

People can easily overlook the process of post-hurricane cleanup. There are several precautionary measures that you need to consider to protect yourself and your loved ones when it comes to cleaning after a flood or hurricane.

As an individual with fairly less experience in hurricane or flood cleanup, you might have different questions regarding the overall process. This post features some of the frequently asked questions related to cleaning after a hurricane.

What do to after a hurricane is over?

The smartest and the most recommended thing to consider during a hurricane is to take shelter. An ideal place would be a room within your house with no or limited windows.

Hurricane can force people to stay indoors for days, this can build up the anxiety and compel you to wander around or try and move to a different place as soon as the storm seems to be subsiding or is over.

Therefore, it is smart not to attempt anything creative or daring soon after a hurricane. Remain indoors until you receive an official “all clear” message.

• Do not try to drive or walk around to survey the damage.

• Do not touch any low hanging wires or trees that are in contact with power lines

• Keep an eye out for anything in the surrounding or your building structures like porches that could collapse

How do you clean your house after a hurricane?

Hurricane flood can be devastating. If the mess seems to be too much to handle, it is ideal to consult a professional water/flood damage restoration company.

These are some tips that you can consider to cleanup hurricane flood.

• Wear proper safety equipment prior to going out or surveying the damaged areas within your house

• Water and humidity can be the main trigger for mold growth and structural damage to your house. Consider removing them first

• Toss of any furniture or electronics that seem to be beyond repair

How long does it take to cleanup after a hurricane?

If the house has suffered any structural damage, cleaning it up can take some time and it is better to get this done via professionals.

A normal hurricane cleanup can last between 24 to 48 hours.

What do you wear to hurricane cleanup?

It is recommended to have these for a cleanup session:

• Rubber gloves

• Face masks

• Goggles

• Boots

How do you cleanup mold from a hurricane?

Any surface within your house that has come in contact with water and humidity can turn out to be a favorable place for mold growth.

• Ensure that you scrub and sanitize these areas with recommended solutions thoroughly to kill any chances for mold growth

• Dry out the interiors by keeping the windows and doors open and using a hardware fan

• Get rid of any insulation or carpets that seem to be beyond repair

• Dry out the basements thoroughly and check for any leaks on the plumbing systems or the roof

How long should I run a dehumidifier after a flood?

It depends on the extent of the damage and the amount of porous and insulation materials used indoors. More the number of pertinent materials, the longer you should use the dehumidifier. You might have to use a dehumidifier from two days to a week.

Ensure that all the porous materials are dried out completely and replace the ones that seem to be damaged beyond repair.

Cleanup after a hurricane can be a hectic and time-consuming task. Consider these tips and work with patience and assistance whenever you can to get the task done effectively.