Getting Those Last Lingering Odors Out Of Your Home After A Flooding Episode

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Having your home flood can be absolutely overwhelming. Once you've had a water damage team handle the majority of the cleanup, you're "out of the water" for the most part -- but you might still notice some lingering odors in your home. Here are a few things you'll want to have taken care of to get your home smelling 100% fresh and clean again.

Have the ducts cleaned.

If the ductwork itself was not exposed to water, then your water damage restoration team may not have cleaned it. However, being exposed to moisture in the air during the time that your home was flooded could have caused some mold buildup in the ducts. This might be one of the odors you're smelling. Many HVAC companies offer duct cleaning services, and you can expect to pay between $300 and $500 depending on the size of your home and the local economy in your area. Keep in mind, however, that this cost might be covered by your homeowner's insurance since it's related to the flooding. Contact your insurance company to find out for sure.

Install an odor control air filter.

Even after you have the duct cleaned, there might be a few last smelly, moldy particles floating through your air. A good way to get rid of them (so you don't keep smelling them over and over again as your air system recirculates them) is to replace your current air filter with an odor control filter. This type of filter will neutralize odor particles as it traps them. It's also designed to trap smaller particles than a standard filter, so your air will be cleaner overall. You might wish to buy several odor control filters and keep using them for a few months after the flooding.

Wipe down the floors with bleach water.

The water damage restoration team should have made sure everything was sanitized. However, it's not unheard of for floors to become re-contaminated with smelly bacteria since you and the workers walk over them after spending time in the flooded area. So, pour a cup or so of bleach into a bucket of warm water, put on your old clothes, and give the floors one more wipe-down the bleach water to kill any last germs.

If you follow these steps and your home is still smelly following a flood, you may want to reach back out to your water damage restoration team. They may have missed some wet drywall or other building materials and may need to do some additional work to freshen up your home. For more information, contact an HVAC service like Pure Air Filters Inc.