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Can You Vacuum Flood Water?

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With the right equipment, you can leverage wet-dry vacuums to help you begin the flood cleanup process.

When you’re faced with a home flood, there are several steps to take to begin the water removal process.

  1. If necessary, turn off the water to your home.
  2. Disconnect the power to affected areas.
  3. Unplug and remove electronics and electric appliances from the affected area.
  4. Remove furniture and other portable items.
  5. Document the damage and personal losses.

If there is only a relatively small amount of water, you may be able to mitigate some of the flood damage by beginning the drying process on your own. First steps to take include checking any floor drains for clogs. If the flood is related to a sump pump failure, repairing or replacing the pump is also a top priority. Thirdly, a wet-dry vacuum is invaluable in helping you physically remove water from the flooded area.

Wet-dry vacuums are constructed in such a way that the motor and interior electrical components are completely separate from the collection chamber, making them safe to use with liquids. However, the power cord is just as susceptible to water as any other electronic device, so be sure to be cautious when using a wet-dry vacuum in a flooded area.

Wet-dry vacuums are available in a wide range of sizes. Depending on your needs, you may want to consider renting a large or heavy duty model to clear out a flooded area faster. Newer models function as pumps as well as vacuums, moving the water to another location, rather than requiring you to manually empty the collection chamber when it fills.

Remember, it only takes a few inches of water to create a serious threat to your home or office. The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable water damage restoration services provided by Roto-Rooter. Our water restoration professionals are fully trained and certified to clean and deodorize areas affected by excessive water and sewage damage. We utilize an IICRC approved process that offers protection against germs, mold, mildew and odors. You can rely on Roto-Rooter to not only remove water but to clean and deodorize your home safely and efficiently.

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