Friday, February 23, 2018
The rainy weather over the past week has caused lots of water damage. If you have had flooding in your basement or home, it is very important to contact your insurance company and get your home cleaned as quickly as possible.
Safety is vital when it comes to cleaning up your home, and using a professional is often the best option to ensure that your home is cleaned properly. This will help prevent any resulting health concerns such as mold and mildew or costly damage to your home such as structural or electrical damage.
Here are 6 Things you should do if your home floods:
- Make sure it is safe to enter the flooded area, you may need to shut off your power ie. electrical
- Wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and gloves as the water may be contaminated from flood waters/sewage etc.
- Do not eat any food that may have been contaminated from the water and thoroughly clean any dishes, utensils that were in contact with the water
STOPPING AND REMOVING WATER
- Find and stop the source of the water’s entry if possible, replace damaged sump pump etc. or call plumber if it is the result of a burst pipe
- Remove the water by using a sump pump, wet vacuum, mops etc. starting in the area that will have the most damage or work from highest point in the room where water is the lowest to the larger pools of water
DRY OUT YOUR HOME
- Remove any wet, damaged items
- If you have power, turn up the heat and open windows to allow the moisture to escape
- You can use fans aimed to blow the air away from the areas of moisture
- Dehumidifiers will work the best to draw the air out of the rooms, carpet etc.
CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
- An adjuster will need to come to your home and assess losses/damages and determine your coverage
- If you cannot get an adjuster quickly, take as many pictures as possible and record damage before, during and after clean-up
- Some items will need to be thrown away, others will need to be properly cleaned and sanitized; often a professional will be the best source for this
- You may need to remove flooring, drywall and insulation to prevent mold and mildew from forming – mold can begin to develop within 24 hours after a flood
- For some helpful cleaning tips go to: https://www.waterheaterleakinginfo.com/flooded-basement-cleanup/
- Any electronics such as televisions, computers, appliances etc. that were exposed to water should be checked by a professional before plugging back in to a power source
- Check if walls, flooring etc. need to be replaced; a construction company that deals with flooding can be helpful in assessing this