Floods can be the result of a natural disaster, groundwater, falling water, plumbing problems, etc. But regardless of the reason for your excess water, there are a few basic steps that you and a water restoration company should take immediately to help minimize the risk of more damage and to ensure the safety of your family and home.
Avoid Additional Risks
First, you are going to want to avoid any unnecessary or additional risks that might be present in the aftermath of a flood. It is advised that you check for any visible structural damage to your home, specifically look for any warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, cracks, and holes before you enter your home. Be sure to contact your local utility companies if you suspect any damage to your water, gas, electric, or sewer lines.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to keep a working flashlight easily accessible. Even if your power hasn’t been compromised, it is recommended that you shut off all power to your home from your fuse box. This includes the main power source and all individual fuse connections. This will minimize the possibility of mixing standing water and electricity when power is restored to your home.
Protect Your Health
While the water located inside your home may appear to be clean, it could be contaminated with sewage or household chemicals. Before entering your home or water, put on waders, hip-or waist-high waterproof boots to keep the water from getting on your clothing. Use rubber gloves when removing anything from your home that has been destroyed by water. Any food that may have come into contact with flood water needs to be thrown away, do not attempt to save any food. Until local authorities have declared your water supply is safe, you should boil your water.
As soon as you can, call a water restoration company to start removing all excess water from your home. Usually, a sump pump will be used to pump the water outside and a wet vac to aid in clean up. All doors and windows should be opened to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home, helping to dry things out.
Mitigate Mold Damage
Within 24 to 48 hours following a flood, mold can start to develop. Therefore, your restoration company should remove all wet contents, such as carpet and bedding as soon as you safely can. Items that have been wet for less than 48 hours, might be salvageable; you’ll have to determine if items hold a significant amount of monetary or sentimental value first.
Secure the Property
Following a disaster, you’ll want to ensure no further damage occurs. Board up windows and secure a tarp over holes in your roof to prevent further water and debris from entering your home. If the home is habitable, you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep you and your family safe from injury. Use flashlights to navigate your way around your home. If your home is not habitable, relocate to a shelter, hotel or other safe location.
Following a flood, invest in a water restoration company to help restore your home. Restoration companies are trained in expertly cleaning up water and mold damage. At Entrusted, we know that damage to your home can be devastating. Which is why we work tirelessly to get your home restored and your life back on track. If you are ever victim to a flood, fire, or mold, contact Entrusted to restore your home quickly and professionally.