Steps To Follow When Your Home Has Been Flooded

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Flood waters can cause a huge amount of damage to your property and does so fast. Flooding is one the most damaging natural disasters because water can seep into places winds or ice cannot. Learning how you can help to salvage your water-damaged property is important, especially if you live in a region that is historically known for flooding.

Make Sure The Main Power And Gas Sources Are Off

Never enter a flooded home without contacting the power company first. Making sure the power is off to your home is necessary to avoid you or your family members being electrocuted while standing in water or on wet surfaces. If you touch a live outlet while unplugging an appliance and you are standing in a couple inches of water, you risk being seriously injured by electrocution. Remember that water is an excellent conductor for electricity. Always be sure gas lines are also off as well.

Acting Fast Makes A Difference

Dangerous molds and mildew can begin growing within a day in water-damaged materials like fabrics and sheetrock. Removing all the items from your flooded home is vital to saving them. Find a dry place before you start taking items out of your house. Renting a storage pod is a good idea for having a dry, safe place to put the property you want to save. Remember to avoid stacking any of the wet items you remove to allow greater air flow to them.

Carpeting Is Particularly Vulnerable To Flood Waters

Pulling out the carpeting in your home in less than twenty-four hours after flood waters have affected it can be impossible. However, if your carpeting has been wet for more than twenty-four hours, your best option is to remove it completely for future replacement. The flooring underneath wet carpeting is where you need to focus your attention. Acting fast to dry out wooden floorboards means pulling out wet carpeting and the padding underneath it as well. Water damaged floor boards not only provide a good environment for mold and mildew, it can also create a weak spot in the flooring that could be dangerous to walk on as it begins to rot.

Unsafe Conditions Come In With Flood Waters

Always make sure you are wearing sturdy, water-proof boots before walking into the water in your home. Flood water can contain bacteria that cause infection. If you have a tiny cut and bacteria gets into it from flood water, you could be in trouble. Also, be on the lookout for animals that may have washed into your home during the flood. A wild animal that is traumatized by the flooding could pose a serious danger to you and your family. Contacting a professional for the removal of wild, frightened animals is best.

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