If you have been involved in an unfortunate disaster of house flooding caused by falling water, failure in the home water system, ground water or any other cause you will need to take immediate measures to ensure that your house is safe for you and your family. Here are a list of practices you will need to employ within 24 hours when your house is flooded.
Look out for additional risks
If you had to leave our home due to the flood, upon returning you must ensure that there are no loopholes or risks that may require you to evacuate your home again. Look out for visible structural damage, cracks and holes in the flooring or on the walls. You may want to contact your utility companies for through investigation in particular your gas supplier.
Your health comes first
Even if the water seems clean, there is a risk that the water is contaminated by sewage or by other household chemicals that can be harmful for you or your family. You must ensure that you are wearing safety equipment if you are to come in contact with the water. This includes; rubber gloves, knee high water proof boots and do not eat food that may have come in contact with the water.
Are you in a disaster area?
If the region you reside in has been declared as a disaster area by the local government you may be eligible to public funding in order to help repair your home, your insurance company can offer you help in this regard.
Mitigate Mold Damage
Once your property has been flooded mold can develop in less than 24-48 hours, so it is important that you immediately get rid of wet contents in the house such as carpets, wet bedding, if the item has been wet for longer than 48hours you may want to get rid of it, if it has been less than that the item may be salvageable. It is recommended that you get rid of such items unless they are valuable in terms of money or sentiments. Make sure you photograph the items before throwing them away as you need evidence to show to your insurance company.
CleaningPro can help you get rid of flood affected mold infested rugs, carpets and other items so it is also important that you speak to a cleaning service before you waste your valuable items.
Make sure the property is secure
It is your responsibility as a home owner that your property is secure for you, your family and even your neighbors. Broken windows, damaged roofs and broken flooring must all be covered up before you move back in to the house to live in especially if you have kids and pets in the house. You must take certain precautionary measures to protect yourself and your family from any harm that can be caused by a flooded property, it is advisable to contact a professional flood department service who will offer you professional advice on the situation.