|Repairing Your Flooded Home (American Red Cross - FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1992, 56 p.)|
|4 STEP : Dry Out Your Home|
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.