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Stay Prepared for a Flood with Vacmaster®: Tips for Home Safety and Efficient Cleanup

Stay Prepared for a Flood with Vacmaster®: Tips for Home Safety and Efficient Cleanup

Jul 2nd 2024

Floods can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Whether it's a broken dishwasher or a severe storm, the aftermath often leaves a daunting cleanup task. Being prepared and acting swiftly can prevent further damage like mold and structural issues. One of the most efficient tools for flood cleanup is a wet/dry vacuum, and Vacmaster® offers some of the best solutions available. Having a Vacmaster® shop vacuum in your cleaning arsenal isn’t just useful on a day-to-day basis for general cleanup, it can be a lifesaver when confronted with a flood or big leak. Should disaster strike (and we hope it doesn’t), stay prepared using Vacmaster® wet/dry vacs and follow these crucial tips to restore your home quickly and safely.

Safety First

To effectively address the issue at hand, start by identifying the root cause of the flood. Ensure you are equipped with waterproof gloves, boots, and a face mask to protect yourself from hazardous mold and bacteria. Next, turn off the electricity in the affected area to prevent any electrical hazards. Open windows and doors to promote airflow during the cleaning process and safeguard your electronics and valuables. By following these steps, you can create a safer environment for tackling the cleanup.

Remove Standing Water

If you are fortunate to have access to safe power, you're in luck! For high-volume water removal, grab your heavy-duty shop vac model with a drainage system, such as the Vacmaster Professional® Beast Series 16-gallon Wet/Dry Vac. The large drain port facilitates easy emptying, making the job much quicker. For more minor cases, the Vacmaster Professional® Beast Series™ 5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac offers high-water lift capabilities with a portable, compact design – perfect for efficient liquid cleanup. For overwhelming tasks, consider the Vacmaster® Wet/Dry Vac Pump, which evacuates up to 10 gallons per minute, making water removal ultra- fast.

Get the Remaining Water with the Right Nozzle

After removing the bulk of the water, focus on drying the floors as thoroughly as possible with appropriate vac attachments. Use a utility nozzle for larger puddles or wet waste. The floor squeegee nozzle is ideal for hard surfaces like laminate and tile, and the rubber blade ensures the remaining water is sucked up. Remove any furniture, carpets, or boxes that are wet to dry out to prevent mold or bacteria from forming and spreading. For the final touches, use a dry towel to absorb any leftover moisture.

Drying the Area

Once cleaned, the next crucial step is thorough drying. Keep windows open and ceiling fans running for proper ventilation. Set the thermostat between 75°F and 90°F, and use a de-humidifier if needed, for optimal drying conditions. We recommend the Vacmaster® Air Mover to speed up the drying process, especially in targeted areas. This tool is highly effective for drying large areas, including wet carpets, plaster, concrete, or paint, providing an economical alternative to heaters.

Inspect for Damage

Finally, inspect your home for any damage caused by the flood. Look for signs of weakened walls, floors, and foundations. Mildew, mold and bacteria can develop within 24 to 48 hours of water exposure so it’s important to disinfect surfaces and monitor the area for a few weeks. If you find any significant damage, consult a professional for repairs. Acting quickly with on-hand Vacmaster® products can significantly reduce the extent of the damage.

Why Choose Vacmaster® Wet/Dry Vacs?

Cleaning up after a flood can be overwhelming, but with the right tools and approach, you can restore your home effectively. Here's why Vacmaster® stands out: our versatile assortment of vacs allows you to handle various types of debris and liquid spills, while powerful suction efficiently removes water and debris, significantly reducing cleanup time. Built to withstand tough conditions, these vacuums ensure long-lasting use, and a user-friendly design makes it simple for homeowners to operate.

By following these tips, you'll ensure a thorough and safe cleanup process, protecting your home and your health. For the full range of  Vacmaster® wet/dry vacsprofessional shop vacuumsair moversHEPA certified vacuumsfloor care vacuums, and accessories, visit


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