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What to Do After a Flood

What to Do After a Flood

Having your home hit by a flood is one of the most devastating things that could happen to a homeowner. It’s heartbreaking to see the place you call home ruined by a storm and see your belongings washed away or soaked by floodwaters

While it's easy, and completely okay for a while, to mull on what you've lost, it's better to focus on the next steps you should take to clean up and help restore your home to normalcy.

Keep Yourself Safe

First and foremost, you want to make sure you avoid putting yourself at any risk upon re-entering your home. Ensure that the power is shut off (either by your utility company or yourself) and very carefully inspect your home for any structural issues, such as water damage on load-bearing walls or cracks in your foundation.

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Wear Proper Clothing

Even if the floodwaters have subsided, the dirt and other germs they brought in from outside will still be present. Make sure to wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, rubber boots, gloves, and face masks to keep yourself safe from germs when you enter your home.

Document Everything

Before you start cleaning up, you'll want to take as many photos and videos of your home as you possibly can. These are essential evidence in proving the extent of the damage and makes taking advantage of your insurance policy much easier. Once you have documentation, call your insurance company to begin discussing your coverage for repairs.

Remove Moisture

Moisture can still remain in your home long after floodwaters have subsided, especially if you have carpeting. As quickly as you can, use buckets, your sump pump, a wet vac, and industrial dryers to get rid of as much moisture as you can. This is essential, not only for cleaning purposes but to protect your home from any potential mold growth.

Lock Up

A big concern that homeowners have after a flood is that their home will be looted of any valuables. Particularly if you are not staying in your home, make sure windows are either secured on their own or with sturdy boards and that all the entrances are locked.

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