10 Post-storm House Cleaning Tips

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In many places, the aftermath of a storm is worse than the moments when the storm hits. Wreckage, floodwaters, Electricity disruption, shattered tree limbs, wrecked glasses, piles of snow are some of the after-effects and dangerous risks after a storm passes through a town or a community.

For some people settling down with their normal life is nothing less than mayhem and the cleaning takes much more than a broom and mop.

10 Post-storm house cleaning tips

Prevent flood

When a massive storm comes, the chances of flood increases. Try to prevent it by protecting the outlets like the chimney and the dryer vents with a cap. 

In case you still find water in your house, unplug the electrical connections on before it reaches any of the electric outlets.

Broken trees

One of the most hazardous and destructive outcomes of a storm is broken trees. 

You may be able to clean the broken branches smaller or ornamental trees easily.

However, survey the damage, and if required call for professional help for the clean-up. Taking down trees half broken is not an easy task, and it can cause critical injury. So, don’t end up hurting yourself in the process of clean-up!

Dry up your house

Once the storm stops, hire professionals to help you dry up your home. They precisely how to remove water from the places you can’t even realize it had leaked into. Don’t connect the electric appliances in a hurry.

In case you stay in a storm-prone area, equip yourself for the aftermaths, and be aware of the safety guidelines.

Remove everything

While cleaning, and drying up the house, remove the heavy pieces of furniture also. Water tends to remain clogged behind these and can be the cause of germs in the home.

However, take the help of others when trying to remove them as these activities can cause sprain and other health hazards.

Murky and cracked glasses

Strong winds and debris may end up shattering a pane or two. Take precaution while removing the lenses and don’t forget to put on gloves to prevent yourself from any cut. Keep away your pets and kids from the affected area.

Even if there are no broken glasses, windows tend to get covered in filth and dirt from the wind-blown rainwater. Use a window squeegee to clean the mess and get shiny glasses.

Clear leaves

Downed trees or flooded basements might not be the result of every storm. But, leaves and twigs can be easily found covering the backyards and the house.

Don’t try to use a broom to clean the area, instead keep a leaf blower handy. These electronics might not be needed in our daily lives, but they are saviors after a storm.

Molds

To prevent molds, dry up your house as soon as the storm ends, preferably within 24 to 48 hours. Keep y our house aerated – switch on the fans, remove the window shields, remove anything that you cannot dry up quickly, and clean everything with hot water.

Use protection for your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin before you start cleaning molds with bleach.

Clear up snow

A common problem for people leaving at high altitude is dealing with snow. Don’t rush through it – use shovels and plows carefully so that you don’t damage your property or end up hurting yourself.  

To clean the driveways and to melt the snow without causing corrosion, use calcium chloride. 

Get rid of icicles

Icicles may look the only pretty effect after a storm, but they are not safe. If you do not clean up them quickly, they can form ice dams, along the eaves. As a result, you can have loosened shingles, water drips inside the house, and various other damages. 

Use a long-handled roof rake made of aluminum to pull down the ice from the roof, while standing on the ground. And add ice melter like calcium chloride with the pantyhose.

Disinfect toys

Anything that has come in contact with rainwater carries germs. So to protect your children, clean their toys thoroughly with soap, warm water, and bleach. And dry them carefully. 

Throw away any toy which you cannot clean.

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