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Tips For Getting The Best Results Cleaning Up After a Flood

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

140 gallons of rain seeped through this basement, soaking the carpeting and quickly filling up nearby bedrooms.

"It was sopping wet when you have walked on it water came above your shoes,” says A-1 Carpet & Tile Cleaning Owner Bob Miller.

If you're dealing with a similar situation it's best to call a professional like Miller.

"It's very important that you get this carpeting dry as quickly as possible otherwise you're going to have mold and mildew issues and also the other thing that we have to contend with is odor issues as well. If you have odor issues it’s going to filter out throughout the house and that's not something that you want."

You may even be able to save your furniture if you act quickly.

“It's the legs that we're most concerned that's why you want to get it off the carpeting as quickly as possible. And if not get wood blocks and put 'em under the legs and that'll raise it off the carpeting."

Using commercial blowers and dehumidifiers miller says a typical basement takes about four to six days to dry.

“We're doing what's called floating the carpeting where we're doing it from the underneath side up, the dehumidifiers are capturing the moisture and then draining it out into the sink."

Before you even start to clean up take pictures to document the damage and call your adjuster to file a claim.

Miller says "He did have insurance for this. The big problem that we were having is that the water was just kept on seeping through. We weren't able to get to it the first day. We had to wait till after the rain had stopped, because it kept migrating through the walls."

Also before re-entering your home be sure to turn off all utilities if water has reached above the power sockets and call an electrician.

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