A flood, no matter how big or small, is a stressful and emotional event. From figuring out how much damage there is to working with your insurance company, it’s hard to focus on the best practices to follow after a flood. However, the first 24 hours after a flood are crucial. If you do not take care of things within those hours, then you could be dealing with more damage than you would like. Following these post-flood damage steps will reduce the amount of damage and save you money.
Avoid Additional Risk
If a flood is bad enough for you to leave your home, then additional risks are possible upon returning. The first step before even entering your house and assessing any damage is to make sure you stay safe. A professional should make the call on your home’s safety. Once you re-enter the house, you should have a working flashlight and should turn off the electricity and water. Turning off your water and electric will help make sure no further damage or injuries occur.
Before you move or fix anything, you need to take pictures. Having digital evidence of all the damage will help with the insurance claim. Even if you do not think an area has damage, take a picture anyway.
Call Your Insurance Company
You should call your insurance company as soon as possible. Insurance claims take some time to go through. It is also a good idea to call your insurance company to see what type of flooding is covered. Not all types of flooding are covered by your homeowner’s insurance.
Throw Away Unsafe Food
Throwing away food may not even come to mind when you think about flooding. However, you should throw away any food that has come into contact with unsafe water such as storm or sewer water. You should also throw out any non-perishable items that may have gone bad due to power outages.
Use Safe Water
Flooding affects your drinking water. It is a good idea to buy bottled water or filtered water. This ensures you are drinking safe water that won’t be harmful to your health.
Depending on the amount of water in your home, the process of removing water may be a little different. You may be able to use buckets to remove water, or you may need to use a hose to pull the water out of your home. No matter which way you choose, the important part is getting the water out. The longer it sits, the more damage can occur.
Drying Out Your Home
You will want to dry out your home after the water has been removed. Even if you think all the water is gone, there can still be moisture left over. Using a dehumidifier will help to remove moisture and dry out your home. The drying-out process may take weeks.
Call a Water Restoration Company
There is a lot on your plate after a flood; taking care of the water and damage left behind is the last thing you may want to do. Get Me Dry Today is here to handle your flood damage restoration. Call us today for more information.