water damage clean-up

Water Damage Restoration & Clean-Up Checklist

After the water damage clean-up has been done most people want to get back into their homes or businesses. That is not recommended at all! Wood has been submerged in water and that is a big problem. And probably has absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding to quickly after a flood can cause continued damage such as mould growth

Floodwaters are usually not clean waters. Therefore most of the porous building materials must be removed. And then replaced with new materials. 


  • Inspect for structural and electrical damage. Do it from outside to determine if it is safe to enter.
  • Electrical safety is extremely important in floods. Check for fire hazards and gas leaks. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or vinegar.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection.
  • Be watchful for fire ants, or any other insect or animal.
  • Wear a respirator that can filter spores. If mould is present.

First Steps

Make sure that everyone is out of danger of new flood crests, fire, and structural damage. And of course, assume that all the materials and the flooded items are contaminated.

  1. Flood Insurance Claims

If you have flood insurance, contact them immediately.

  • As soon as possible begin with the cleanup and drying process.
  • Clean house so the adjuster can see the damage.
  • Keep damaged materials for proof of loss.
  • Leave a phone number where it can be reached. For when the adjuster arrives.
  • The adjuster will assess damages to the house. 
  • The owner should sign a proof of loss statement. 
  1. Electrical Systems

Be sure that all electrical and gas services are turned off before entering the premises. Have an electrician check for grounds and other unsafe conditions if necessary or before reconnecting the system.

  1. Food and Water Sanitation

Purify your water until a local water company, utility, or a public health department declares otherwise. You cannot be sure it is safe and clean. And not only for drinking and cooking but also for washing your body.

  1. Furnishing and Carpets

Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting to outdoors. Make sure they are clean and dried before putting them inside again. 

Next Steps

Long term flooding is likely to ruin most interior finishes and contents. However, the next steps can be possible when flooding is short term. Delay permanent repairs until the building is thoroughly dry. 

  1. Subfloors
  • Layers of submerged plywood will likely separate or swell. 
  • Affected sections must be replaced. Keeping a new floor covering from buckling.
  • Allow the subflooring to dry thoroughly when floor coverings are removed.
  • Check for warping before installing new flooring.
  1. Wood Floors
  • Remove a board every few feet to reduce buckling. Do it carefully, and if boards are tongue-and-grooved, consult a professional.
  • Clean and dry the floor thoroughly, which may take weeks, before replacing boards and attempting repairs.
  1. Tile and Sheet Flooring
  2. Cleaning Wall Finishes, Woodwork, and Floors
  3. Appliances and Equipment
  4. Furniture
  5. Preventing Mould
  6. Removing Mildew from Household Articles


CPR24 Restoration is a full-service mould remediation company. What it means is that we offer the full scale of solutions needed for complete removal and prevention of mould. From identifying the cause of mould to fixing any design flaws or tubing associated with it to repairing or replacing the affected areas, and the prevention of further mould by removal and sealing to rigorous testing to detect any traces of new mould, we strive to be a leader in the mould solutions industry.

By following our team tips, you easily will remove mould in areas such as bathroom walls and floors, however, if you have a significant mould issue, please call CPR24 Restoration.