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What to Do After a Flood Damages Your Home

Water damage can have many far-reaching effects that are difficult to reverse or undo, making a flood one of the most devastating disasters that any homeowner can face. Flood damage restoration can be an extremely arduous – and, at times, dangerous – process, and while you may consider attempting the project on your own, it’s advisable to contact a professional who has experience with flood damage restoration for the best results. In addition to restoring your home to its normal condition, a flood damage restoration specialist will make sure that the building is inhabitable and safe for you and your family to live in once again. Here are some guidelines regarding proper procedure after a flood damages your home:

  • First and foremost, in the event of a natural disaster or large-scale crisis, you should never return to your home until the area has been cleared by officials. Doing so could pose a serious safety risk.

  • Once you’re free to enter your house, take a few moments to carefully inspect the damage and the surrounding area. Are there any downed power lines nearby? Do you smell any gas leaks? Are there wild animals, such as snakes, in the debris? All of these will require immediate attention from a professional, and you should not attempt to handle the situation on your own. (However, if you do detect a gas leak, you should open a window before leaving the building, and turn off the gas supply at the main valve outside, if possible.)

  • If there are any sparks, frayed wires or other electrical damage in your home, you should begin by turning off the electricity in order to minimize the danger of electrocution. Try turning off the electricity at the main fuse box, and contact an electrician for additional help if necessary.

  • Keep an eye out for any serious structural damage, such as cracks in the foundation or roof of your home. If the building seems unstable, leave at once and contact a professional.

  • Once the electricity has been turned off at the source, you’ll want to go through your home and unplug all appliances so they can dry completely.

  • Do not drink tap water or flush toilets until you are sure that sewage lines have not been compromised and the water source is clean and uncontaminated.

  • Do not attempt to eat any foods that have come in contact with flood water. When in doubt, throw it out!

  • Any items that you think may be salvageable should be placed in the care of a flood remediation specialist. An expert will know how to clean, repair and restore these items without damaging them.

  • Remember to take photographs and keep a meticulous record of all damage sustained for insurance purposes. Keep receipts reflecting the costs of your flood damage restoration service so you can be reimbursed later.

Above all, the key to a successful flood damage restoration process is to know your limits. Your priority should be your health and the health of your family, and there are a number of serious hazards involved in flood and mold remediation. Hire a professional who specializes in flood restoration and you’ll be able to have your home back in no time.