A flooded home is almost any homeowner’s worst nightmare. It can be because of a storm, or a broken pipe, or even an appliance that doesn’t function as it should. While components of your home will certainly get damaged, personal items can be lost as well. Plus, water damage repair and flood restoration seem like they could be very time consuming and costly. To help the process along, there are some things you should and shouldn’t do after your home has been affected by flooding. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts.
Do: Remove Items From The Water
If it’s safe, you should move your personal items out of the water. The longer the water has to affect something, the worse the damage will be. If there are fabrics involved, whether it’s upholstery or clothing, move it somewhere it can dry. Outside is preferable, but a dry area of your building works fine as well. Mold and bacteria can build up in these fabrics, and find hiding places inside of furniture. Books and magazines should also be removed from floors that are wet, including carpets. They can leave stains that may be impossible to remove.
Don’t: Use You Vacuum
When it comes to vacuums, some people think they are good for any cleaning problem. However, picking up water from a flood should not be one of those problems a vacuum solves. Not only will your vacuum not do a good job, but you may damage your machine. Plus, with all of the moisture, there can be a risk of electrocution or other injury.
Do: Contact a Professional
Water damage repair is not a task that you should be undertaking on your own. Something may seem simple, but there could be underlying issues that you are not trained to detect. Flood restoration done improperly can cause even more problems. A professional will not only be able to do a repair much better than you can, but they can also detect any problems that might be hiding beneath the surface.
Don’t: Use Appliances
Unless a professional has told you it is safe, do not turn on an appliance or a television after a flood. It may be dry in the room in which the appliance is located, but there may be water issues in other parts of your home that affect your electrical wires. It’s never a bad idea to shut off all the power in the building during the flood and during the water damage repair. It’s much better to be safe than sorry.
Do: Watch For sagging Ceilings and Floors
Flooding can severely damage the integrity of your flooring and the supports underneath. If you notice that your floor is sagging, then do not go into that room under any circumstances. Also, if the ceiling is sagging, then you should avoid that room as well. If there is a ceiling fan, then do not turn it on, as the vibrations could cause a collapse, or you could risk electrocution.
Do: Contact Your Insurance Company
Get a hold of your insurance company and make them aware of what’s happened. It’s a good idea to take pictures and document the damage so they can get a good idea of what you’re dealing with. Your flood restoration contractor should be able to work closely with your insurance company to make sure that you are compensated properly for repairs.
Flooding can be stressful and heartbreaking. Make sure to follow these do’s and don’ts to make it as painless as possible.