Flooding can be a devastating event for homeowners, but knowing what to do if your home floods can help minimize damage and make the recovery process go more smoothly.
First and foremost, if a flood is imminent or already occurring, it is important to evacuate the area immediately and seek higher ground. Do not try to drive through flooded streets, as even a small amount of water can cause a vehicle to lose control or stall. Once you are safe, call for help and notify your insurance company as soon as possible.
Next, take steps to protect your property from further damage. If possible, turn off the power and gas to your home to prevent electrical fires and gas leaks. If it is safe to do so, move furniture and valuables to higher ground.
When the floodwater has receded, it is important to assess the damage and take steps to clean up and repair your home. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Wear protective gear, such as rubber boots and gloves, to avoid coming into contact with contaminated water.
- Take photographs of any damage to your home, as this will be necessary for insurance claims.
- Remove standing water and debris as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew growth.
- Be aware of the potential hazards of contaminated water and be cautious of snakes, reptiles and other animals seeking higher ground
- Be aware of the potential health risks, especially if water is contaminated with sewage or hazardous chemicals.
- Call a professional flood cleanup service to ensure your home is safe to enter and to assist in the cleanup and restoration process.
- Finally, be sure to take all necessary steps to prevent future flooding, such as installing a sump pump or a flood barrier system.
In the event of a flood, it is important to stay calm, act quickly, and take steps to protect yourself and your property. With the right response, you can minimize damage and get your home and life back to normal as soon as possible.
Many customers have used SANI-TRED after flooding to repair and waterproof deteriorated building materials, and also as a shield against future flooding. Have questions call our experts today.