How To Get Rid of Flood Smell
Flood is one of the most inconvenient house problems that you will encounter. It will make your floor messy, invite a lot of bacteria and will even leave a very foul odor in your home. Whether there was a strong rain and rainwater flooded your house or there is a broken water pipe that led to leaking, the damage should be fixed as soon as possible because it will make your home reek and may even start to develop clumps of unwanted molds and mildew. Aside from that, it may even cause accidents so watch out for grimy flood water.
Cleaning up flood and removing its smell is quite easy to do. All you have to do is clean up your home and deodorize it to fight the bacteria and germs which make the flood water smell bad. You can easily get rid of flood smell in just a couple of hours with these tips.
Remove the flood water
First and foremost, you need to remove the remaining flood water from the room. You cannot get rid of the flood smell if you do not remove the flood. After removing the excess water, you can now just wait for the room to dry up some more.
Instead of waiting for the room to dry by itself, which may take some time, you can run some electric fan to speed up the drying process.
Prepare bleach solution
Once the flood water has been removed, you now need to clean the area with some bleach. This will help kill the bad odor-causing bacteria and remove dirt from the flood water. Heat up some water and get bleach cleaners. Mix a quarter of the bleach for every 3/4 of hot water. Put this in a spray bottle. This will be the cleaning solution you will be using to remove dirt and flood smell.
Scrub the floor
To clean up the floor, simply spritz the bleach and hot water solution and use a brush to scrub up the floor. Simply washing the floor with some solution might not be enough so your need to work thoroughly to remove the flood smell. After you have finished scrubbing the floor, you can just mop up the floor with cloth soaked in clean water.
Leave some odor absorber
Activated carbon or charcoal can help absorb any remaining flood smell. You can just get activated carbon and hang it around the room. You can also just crush some charcoal and place it in a bucket. Add some wet crumpled news papers to it and place it in one corner.
If you do not want to use charcoal because it might leave some dark dust around the room, vinegar can also work. Simply fill up a few bowls with vinegar and set them up on the corners of the room. Be sure to place them in areas away from the reach of children and pests.
Another thing that can absorb odor is baking soda. You can just open up some baking soda boxes and place them inside the room to absorb the remaining flood water smell.
Fix the leaks
To avoid having problems with flood water in the future, you should fix any leaks or water pipe damage in your house. You can just expect the pipelines by yourself and patch up cracks or you can call a plumber to do the job.