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close this bookRepairing Your Flooded Home (American Red Cross - FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1992, 56 p.)
close this folder4 STEP : Dry Out Your Home
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View the documentHow Floodwaters Affect Your Home
View the documentDrain the Ceilings and Walls
View the documentDry the ceilings and walls
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Floodwaters affect a home three ways:

1. The water damages materials. Wallboard will disintegrate if it remains wet too long; wood can swell, warp, or rot; electrical parts can short out, malfunction, and cause fires or shock.

2. Mud, silt, and unknown contaminants in the water not only get everything dirty; they also create a health hazard.

3. Dampness promotes the growth of mildew, a mold or fungus that can grow on everything.

The following steps work on all three of these problems. It is very important that they be followed in order.