Mucking, Cleanup, Tips, Tools & More

Mucking = removing wet carpets, flooring, dry wall, mud, or other items to prepare a flooded home for drying out and renovations. We know many of you are in the process of doing this right now, or hoping to begin the process soon. The following information will hopefully help you with the process or clearing your home & removing debris. I have also included information on what to do with your car, if you need to find a temporary home, what assistance is available & who to contact, etc.

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CLEANUP TIPS AND TOOLS

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • * Shut off the power at the main circuit breaker before you start. Don’t skip this step it’s not worth it. Turn off gas at each individual appliance. Locate the main water cut off in case you damage a water pipe.
  • Clean out & then duct tape your refrigerator before moving it. do not open. It will be a biological hazard quick. If possible, use metal screws to screw it closed and get it to the side of the road.
  • Cut your carpet into small sheets, the water weight will prevent you from moving large pieces.
  • Save the drywall for the end. Carpet covered in mud and drywall is even heavier than straight-up wet carpet.
  • If the water level reached your roof, your ductwork is probably filled with water. Be careful taking it down.
  • Fort Bend County debris pick-up has started & will continue for as long as needed. Make sure you have debris as close to the curb as possible, and separated into piles (see attached images). Our trucks will not pick-up trash bag, so set aside trash for regular garbage removal.

OTHER HELPFUL INFO:

ALSO:

  • Did you know you can track when & where Fort Bend County is spraying for mosquitos? Check out the map here: http://bit.ly/2xanSta
  • Plan to always wear mosquito repellant when you are cleaning your yard/houses. Standing water breeds mosquitoes
  • Lost immunization records for students displaced by Harvey can be accessed online here: http://dshs.texas.gov/immunize/
  • HAR has created an awesome tool that matches those with temporary homes available to those who in need for free/reduced cost. Find more information here: http://bit.ly/2gQoPjW
  • If your vehicle has been towed in Fort Bend, you can call the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office non-emergency dispatch at 281-341-4665 to locate

IF YOUR VEHICLE HAS FLOODED:

  • Don't drive vehicles damaged by floodwater until they have been inspected by a qualified technician. It is easy to see how floodwater damages a car's upholstery and carpeting, but difficult to see damage to a car's engine, transmission and electrical components.
  • Don't try to start your car if it's flooded. Starting your vehicle could cause more damage to the engine.
  • Document your damage by taking pictures. When you visit with your claims adjuster, show them the pictures you have.
  • Let the interior dry out. Take out floor mats and trunk mat & seats if possible
  • Vehicle damage caused by flooding is typically covered by a comprehensive auto policy, if your vehicle has sustained damage, start the claim process by contacting your agent, or filing online.

Report home damage, and find more information at 281-342-6185 or online via FBCOEM.org

Help take pictures of lost pets so they can be reunited with family members & bottle feed kittens & puppies. Contact: barbara.vass@fortbendcountytx.gov or 281-342-1512.