Whether your house flooded from a plumbing failure or a severe storm, it's always a homeowner's nightmare. Even before you start trying to clean a flood in your house, you have to consider you and your family's safety and health.
Floods are dangerous so it's always best to call in a professional plumber, electrician, and flood remediation company. You don't want to start wading through the water trying to salvage your personal possessions. Stop and think about the dangers, such as live wires lurking under the water or contaminated water, mold and mildew.
The first thing to do is to make sure you're safe and then deal with the flood repairs needed for your home. Are you confused about what to do after a flood in your house? Read this guide to find out where to begin dealing with home flood damage repairs.
Call Your Home Insurance Agent
The first step to do when there's a flood in your house is to call your home insurance company. The insurance agent can tell you what repairs are covered. This lets you know if you'll have to pay for any of the repairs yourself.
Do Your Research
Research a local flood repair company that can help you through the process of your home flood repairs and making your house safe.
Also, read some guides that give you information specific to your flood damage. This will give you a better picture of what you need to have done, and who to contact about it.
Wear Protective Equipment
After you have an electrician check your home for any short circuits or live wires, you can start investigating the damage to your home. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), it's important to wear protective equipment, such as waterproof gloves, facemask, and waterproof clothing before going into floodwater.
Remember, the flood water in your house could be contaminated with raw sewage and bacteria.
Have the Water Pumped
Before you can start flood repairs, you need to remove the floodwater. If you don't have severe flooding, you can use buckets, wet vacuum cleaners and pumps to remove the water. Once all the standing water is out of your home, you can use a moisture meter to find any hidden water.
The water could be inside cracks, under your floor and soaking your walls. It also gets absorbed by your carpeting and underlayment. This can make removing the water yourself difficult. Finding a reputable flood repair company can solve this problem. They can remove any water or water damaged surfaces from your home.
After all the water and moisture is removed, and your house is dried out, you can start getting your home back to normal. Although it's a challenge to complete all the flood repairs, it's worth it to have a safe and dry home again.
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