A flooded home can be a disaster. Not only is your property damaged, but your belongings are as well. In addition, if the water is not cleaned up quickly, you can end up with mold and other health problems. In this blog post, we will discuss six dos and don'ts for dealing with a flooded home. Follow these tips to minimize the damage and get your life back on track as soon as possible!
DO stay calm and collected.
It is important to remember that you are not alone and that help is available. Take a deep breath and assess the situation.
DON'T try to clean up the mess yourself.
Leave it to the professionals. Not only will they have the proper equipment, but they will also know how to deal with your insurance company.
DO take pictures of the damage.
This will be helpful when filing an insurance claim. Make sure to document everything!
DON'T forget about your health and safety.
Floodwaters can contain harmful bacteria and other contaminants. Wear protective clothing and be sure to wash your hands after coming into contact with any floodwater.
DO start by removing any furniture or electronics
These items can be cleaned and salvaged if you act quickly. If they are left in the water, however, they will likely be ruined.
DON'T walk in water
You could end up electrocuted if the water is touching any electrical outlets or appliances.
Make sure you close the electricity system of the house the minute water reaches into the rooms or the hall.
DO call your insurance company as soon as possible.
They will need to send an adjuster to assess the damage and start the claims process. The sooner you call, the sooner they can help!
DON'T wait to start cleaning up.
The sooner you begin, the less damage there will be. Be sure to follow the tips above to ensure a safe and successful cleanup! Thanks for reading!
DO remove all excess water
You will want to use a wet/dry vacuum for this. If you have any carpets or rugs, be sure to take them outside to dry in the sun.
DON'T use a regular vacuum cleaner to remove water.
You could end up damaging your vacuum or worse, electrocute yourself! Use a wet/dry vacuum instead.
DO call the professionals
If you have any doubts about your ability to clean up the mess, please call a professional. They will have the proper equipment and training to get the job done quickly and safely.
DON'T try to dry out your home yourself
This is a job for the professionals. They have the proper equipment and know how to do it without causing further damage.
Dealing with a flooded home can be a nightmare. But if you follow these dos and don'ts, you can minimize the damage and get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Thanks for reading!