Contact Us Find A Location

Dealing With Water Removal After A Flood

Water damage restoration after a home flood is never a fun experience. A home flood can happen in almost any location as a result of too much rain, snow, or even a pipe bursting in the wall. Homes located in low areas or near the ocean are also at a higher risk of experiencing a home flood than those farther inland or at higher elevations. No matter where your home is located, if you have had a flood, water removal immediately following the event is absolutely essential.

In most cases, when your home is flooded, all of your possessions will be ruined. While some things may be saved, it is not likely. Immediately following any home flood, you should first organize your possessions and begin clearing out small debris. Larger debris should be saved for once all the small items have been removed. In order to organize your belongings, you will need to be able to assess the value and damage of each item. This can be extremely difficult and emotional, but you will have no choice.

Once you have removed small debris and salvaged any belongings that you can, you need to discard any and all food items located in the house. The mold, bacteria, and viruses growing in the standing flood water can make you and your family extremely ill, so do not consume anything that was left in the house, even if you believe it to be safe.

When you are dealing with water damage restoration after a home flood, it is important that you stay away from any electrical appliances. It is a good idea to cut power to the home while dealing with the flood water, but if this is not possible, simply stay away from the television, refrigerator, vacuum cleaners, and other such appliances to ensure your safety. Otherwise, you risk electrocution.

Successful water damage restoration also means removing all wetness, moisture, and humidity from the affected area. However, this is not done by using heat generating appliances or machines. These will only increase the mildew and humidity. Think about investing in a dehumidifier and a couple of fans to get this job done. Also, remember to react fast after the flood. Don’t let the water stand any longer than it needs to. Acting quickly will reduce the chances of mold and mildew building up and making you and your family sick. (It can begin growing within 24-48 hours.)

If your water damage is extensive, you will definitely want to report it to your insurance company. Doing so can help you get the coverage you pay for and recoup your losses. It can also help you deal with the cost of repair and water damage restoration that you do yourself or even hire a professional for.

When and if you have a home flood, never let the water lie. Act quickly, follow the tips listed above, and get rid of anything the water may have damaged to avoid developing health issues later on.

Copyright © All Rights Reserved. | Website Design and Development by