Flooded garages aren’t too common in our parts, but after that recent six-day rain in Amarillo, you may have seen the waters creep up into your garage. If water ever enters your garage, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible.
How do I clean up my garage after flooding?
Apart from damaged items, there is also possible structural damage to think about. You need to prevent any accidents and more damage by turning off power at the mains to avoid electrocution. Next, you need to call in the insurance people to carry out their assessment and to verify that it is the result of natural calamity rather than negligence on your part.
Before all the water is out, it is advisable to manually operate your automatic garage door. Open it up all the way and take out the car. You will then need sturdy containers where you will put in the items you remove from the garage. If your garage was tidy and well maintained, this will be all the much easier.
Put items that are completely damaged in one container for disposal. In another, put items that can be salvaged and need to be put out to be dried. Empty the garage completely, taking out everything from the shelves and floor.
You will then need to push the water. Use a floor water pusher to do this. Apart from waterproof boots, you should be wearing plastic gloves to protect yourself from contaminants that might have come in with the water. Hopefully, the water from the flood will be receding so the water will be staying out as you push it out.
When the flood water is out, disinfect the floor. Sterifab and household bleach are ideal. Use the solution to wipe over the shelves as well. Sterifab works well in preventing mold and mildew and destroying them if there are there.Leave the garage door open for as long as possible after cleaning so that it dries out faster.
Is there structural damage?
Depending on the level of flooding, the walls and door of the garage may be damaged. The only way to verify this is to have the experts come in and take a look. The insulation may also have been damaged and need to be redone. If your door has an automatic opener, it is also necessary to test it and ensure that there isn't any water of it that has damaged the opener. You don't want to get electrocuted trying to do this yourself.
Who can repair my garage door after flooding?
Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door can assist you and undertake necessary repairs. If you don't have weather stripping, we highly advise you look into this. Not only does weather stripping help protect your garage from water damage, but it is also beneficial during Amarillo’s cold, sometimes harsh winters and snowstorms. Contact owner Tony Hall today to find out how you can protect your garage from damage.