If your home has flooded, you may feel overwhelmed and emotional at first. If the flooding was really bad, you may have water standing in your house, your furniture may be damaged beyond repair, and some of your most precious possessions may have been destroyed. It can be difficult to really know where to begin when your home is in this state.
With the third week in March being National Flood Safety Awareness week, we wanted to highlight that you can break the process down into much more manageable steps.
Deal with Standing Water
First, you need to deal with any water that’s standing in your home. A water removal service, like Active Restoration, can handle that. They will remove all of the standing water and then begin to dry out your home by using large dehumidifiers and other equipment.
Once you have contacted them and have arranged to have them come take care of your home, you can move onto some of the other steps. The first, being to find a place to stay.
Deal with your Insurance Company
Once you’ve found a place to stay or have determined that only part of your house has water damage, call your insurance company and see if you can make a claim. Water damage is one of those areas that a homeowner’s policy may or may not cover. If it does cover it, it might not cover everything. In many cases, the company that handles your cleanup will work directly with your insurance. However, you will need to take the first steps in filing a claim.
Remove Items if Possible
Go ahead and remove what you can from the room or rooms that are flooded. If it’s your entire house, there isn’t much you can do, but if it’s just the basement or a few rooms, you may be able to move the furniture into another area. The longer it sits in water, the worse the damage will be, so try to get some of your items out of there as soon as you can.
Have the Home Inspected for Mold
After you’ve gotten everything out, had the water removed, and the area dried out, it’s time to see what other damage has occurred. One of the biggest things you need to have done is a mold test. Have a certified professional inspect the area to see if mold is growing anywhere. You’d be surprised how quickly it can begin to grow, especially in warm, dark areas that have been exposed to water. Mold can lead to a wide range of health problems, so you want to have it taken care of as soon as possible.
Mold can grow anywhere, even if there’s not water damage in the area. It can grow under carpet or flooring, inside your walls, and just about anywhere else. Even the smallest amount of mold can grow and expand in a fairly short period of time, so you want to make certain you have a professional check for mold as soon as you can.
Having the room dried out and getting the area checked for mold are the two most important things to do after a flood. Once you’ve got that handled, you can begin repairing or replacing anything that’s been water damaged.
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