DELETE & REDIRECT – What to Do After A Flood
The days after a flood aren’t easy for a homeowner. When flood waters from a rising river or storm enters your home, it can cause a lot of damage and requires specific cleanup procedures since the water can be contaminated. However, there are a few things you can do to make this time a little easier for you and your family. Some places may experience flooding more often than others. It’s important to know what to do after a flood impacts your home.
You should document all flood damage before you begin repairs. It’s even better if your photos are date and time stamped. Try to document all the damage, including places inside closets and cabinets. All your photos should be handed over to your insurance adjuster. Maybe even consider giving them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Before any restoration work begins, your home must be deemed safe. Turning on the electricity before this would be dangerous. Once professionals determine your home be safe, the first things you need to do is sort through your belongings. You need to determine what you can restore and what you cannot. There may be a lot you have to throw away. For instance, you should throw any food touched by the flood water. You will also need to remove your furniture and carry certain items outside to dry.
It’s best to get rid of your carpet because it can easily cause mold growth. You should also get rid of items such as books, papers, bedding and furniture that was saturated. Thankfully, you can restore most of your linens and clothing if you move them to a place where they can dry.
When flood waters enter your home, you often have more than water to worry about. Dirt and other particles create a mud or sludge of sorts. If this settles into your home, you can try to shovel most of it out. Remember to wear protective clothing.
If your home is safe for electricity, you can use fans to help dry out the interior of your home. Furthermore, try using desiccant in enclosed areas such as closets and cabinets to help them dry. You may also have to replace certain areas of your walls and ceilings.
Anything that has been wet for a long period of time carries the risk of mold growth. Make sure to wear protective clothing when dealing with mold. If you don’t know how to remove mold properly, you should consider hiring a professional. Professionals have all the skills and tools necessary to safely and efficiently remove mold and mildew caused by flood damage. Mold caused by flood damage can be extremely dangerous to the health of you and your family.
Getting Your Life Back to Normal
The severity of the flood damage will determine how long it takes to get your life back to normal. If the flood damage is minor, you may only have to dry out your home and other items. More severe flood damage may require a complete remodel.
You should consider finding a safe place for you and your family to stay until your home is safe to return to. Additionally, you should find a professional restoration company that can help you to restore your home and get your life back on track.
There is a lot to do after a flood in your home. You should start by assessing and documenting the damage. Then, you can start the restoration and repair process.For help with your restoration after a flood, contact Onsite Restoration at 248-269-3000.