Water damage caused by flooding can be devastating for a homeowner. The flooding may be caused by heavy rains, burst pipes, malfunctioning of household appliances, sewer back-up, etc. This may be an incredibly confusing time as to what to do next regarding cleanup and paying for the cost of repair. Regardless of the cause of the water damage, it is important to feel like you’re in control and have an idea of what you should do in case the unexpected happens.
What Steps Should I Take After Water Damage Caused by Flooding Occurs in My Home?
Switch off the power source: Water and live electricity can cause disaster. However, if switching off the power source needs someone to enter the house and stand in flooded areas, you should leave the job to a qualified electrician.
Put on protective clothing: Like rubber boots and a pair of gloves before you re-enter your house.
Wash your eating utensils thoroughly: Eating utensils may have been affected by the flood and before you use them again be sure to wash them to avoid falling ill.
Protect valuable items: Lift any wooden furniture off carpeted areas that are flooded and put tin foil beneath the feet of the furniture to avoid carpet staining. Also, remove all rugs that are on wet areas.
Dry out the home: The objects in your home may be damp and wet after the water flooding. Given that you have power, portable fans, as well as dehumidifiers, can be useful in drying out wet areas in your house. Let your home be completely dry to avoid mold and mildew, and other things resulting from dampness, that may occur if you move back in too quickly. You may have to seek the services of a professional restorer.
Contact your insurance provider: Your home insurance may help to cover damage caused by water damage, depending on the policies you have.
Cleanup: Determine what is worth saving and what is too damaged to be useful. You may be forced to remove your drywall, flooring, and insulation to avoid spreading of mold and mildew. Mold can start to grow after one day of having a flooding incident, and once it has begun to develop it can be tough to eliminate. The faster you remove your possessions from water and start to dry them out, the less likely mold and mildew will grow on them.
Repairs: You may have to replace your flooring, repair your walls and fix broken items given that you are not sure on the steps you should take to conduct home repairs, then you should probably seek the help of a water damage restorer.