Floods are a tragic natural disaster that could threaten any home owner. Whether it would be from ground water, rising rivers or oceans, or a home water system malfunction – there are some steps you should take after the flood to ensure the safety of you and your home.
Avoid Additional Risks
You should stay out of your home until it is safe to return. Structure damage such as warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, holes and cracks pose as an extreme risk to anyone inside the home. If you suspect any damage to water, electric, sewer and gas lines – call the utility company to have a professional come out and inspect the property.
You should also make note to disable any utility sources in your home. Turning off electrical and water sources in your home can potentially avoid additional damage and disaster if the systems are running on damaged lines.
Take as Many Photos as Possible
Your insurance company should be kept in mind as you process a flood and the damage done to your home. Fully documenting the damage for your insurer would be in your best interest – and this can be done through both photo and video. You should always make additional copies on either a cloud storage service or an external hard drive. By doing so, you could potentially get the most assistance and coverage from your insurance company possible.
Stay Cautious of Potential Contamination
It is very possible that as a result of the flood your home could have been contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. You should always wear hip high waterproof boots, rubber gloves and a face mask to avoid breathing in any debris. In addition, FEMA recommends boiling water until authorities have officially cleared your water’s health as healthy.
Secure Your Home
Your home will be fragile following a flood. You should take the necessary steps to remove any wet items and carpeting as mold will grow within 24-48 hours. In addition, you should cover up any broken windows or door frames – it is possible that looters could potentially try to enter the uninhabited property as well.