Good day to all my neighbors. I am a general contractor. I have been in business for 36 years. I created this blog to give
you information, not to gather your business. I volunteer my knowledge to help you all deal with this houston flood call harvey.
My name is Mary. I am here to answer your questions and help you move in the right direction, which is getting back up and
running and in your home as quickly as possible.
Step one; call your insurance agent, file a claim. For
water above, ie;roof, walls, windows; file thru Homeowners insurance. For Rising water: file thru flood insurance,
fema government program.
Step two; bring/buy; mops, brooms, squeegees, flat front shoevel, dustpan, buckets, wheelbarrow,
pump up bug sprayer, bug type hose sprayer. Clorox, triple action 20 (exterior disinfectant to spray outside
walls of your house.) lysol, garbage bags, gloves, rubber boots, bring tools, hammer, screwdrivers, utility knife.
Three; Very Important! Take pictures, lots of pics. Outside, inside. Take pics of every room in the house, open closets, cabinets
etc. lots of pictures for you and your insurance company. Then look at the water line, measure its height. water lines will
usually leave barkmulch on walls at the highest level. Note; outlets are set 15' from the slab.
Step Four; If
your water line is 1"-14", turn you power back on. If it is already on, leave it on. If your water line
is 15"-96", turn your power off.
Step Five; Open all windows, doors, remove screens if needed, move furnishings
to one side or the other as you work. Remove stuff from all lower cabinets, drawers, give them a good wash with clorox mixture.
Do Not, and I repeat, DO NOT Throw Anything Away At This Time!!!!! Almost everything you own will dry out.
Cut carpet/padding into manageable strips, drag to the curb. Remove laminate floor. Remove hardwood floor if it is buckling
or lifting or is set on a pad. Leave in place, ceramic tile, vinyl, hard linoleum and indoor, outdoor carpet. Shop vac the
devil out of the indoor, outdoor carpet, spray lysol into wet carpet, vac up. Do this for 3 days then let it dry. Do the same
for any area rugs.
Step 6; Mix Clorox, (3/4 water, 1/4 clorox)into pump up sprayer or bug hose sprayer. Spray
on all affected walls, woodwork, floors, slabs, cabinets, put on a mask if needed. Mop, wash, spray to the water lines
on the wall. spray. On Outside walls, use triple action 20 1/2-1/2 mixture. Will not hurt your plants. Post two
will be specifically 1"-14"of water in homes, Post three will address 15"-96" of water. Hope this helps,
if you have questions, I am ready to answer, mary