- Mud is one the most devastating factors in any of the floods that hit Chicago recently. Mud caused by floods has been contaminated by the sewage in the city and should be treated with caution.
- When removing mud from your basement or home, use a mask and gloves for your safety.
- Use a garden hose to spray the rest of the waste off of the walls and floor.
- Now that you have the mud and water removed from the building, you need to remove the plaster and drywall that has been affected by water.
- The goal of removing all of the contaminated drywall and plaster is to rid your home of the potential of mold and future elements that grow from having soaked drywall.
- Open all of the windows and use a fan to air out the floor and walls.
- Take bedding, mattresses, rugs and any clothing outside as soon as possible for drying.
- Mattresses should be thrown away.
- Any of your rugs or clothing should be cleaned by a professional, so that any contaminates can be removed before use.
- Any pictures or documents that you are able to salvage should be gently washed and placed into a frost-free freezer.
- Having frozen your pictures, you can slowly thaw and clean your pictures for preservation. As always you can take these pictures to a professional for restoration.
As with every flood, there is much to do, but you aren’t alone. There are always professionals in your area that can help you through this difficult process. Call us today for more information.