Posted on April 24, 2019
Experiencing a flood is a scary and complex thing. When the worst is over you need to act, and quickly. But it’s not uncommon for many homeowners to feel confused or overwhelmed, not knowing how to go about repairing their home. That’s why restoration teams want you to be prepared beforehand. Here are 5 tips for dealing with the aftermath of a flood.
The very first thing you should do is get away from the water. If the flood is on the first level of your home, move to a second story if you have one. If not, you may need to go to a hotel or stay with a friend/family member while the cleanup takes place. Flood water may contain contaminants that you shouldn’t live in. If the flood water is contained to one room or in your basement, you may be able to stay, but call a restoration company to evaluate the area before you decide for sure.
A flood may be caused by a natural disaster or storm, but it could also be a manmade problem. Once your family is safely away from the water, you should try to see if the flow of water can be stopped. Turn off the water flowing into your house, check for leaks or cracks, and check the sump pump in your basement for any damage. If the flood is caused by a hurricane or natural disaster, you can skip to tip 4.
While you are looking for the source of the water, wear protective gear and clothing. Wearing plastic covers over your boots and clothing will help to keep the contaminants off your clothing and your skin. Like we said earlier, you don’t want to risk getting sick from the standing water.
The insurance policy on your house is exactly for emergencies like this. The customer service team is trained to help you through this process. They’ll ask you questions about your home and can also advise you whether you can stay or you need to evacuate. Ask them about using a restoration company to repair your home. They can tell you who they work with to save both time and money.
Finally, it’s time to remove the water and repair any damage. If the water is contained enough, your insurance company may tell you that you can repair the damage yourself. But to be on the safe side, you should call a restoration company to evaluate your home and make the repairs as safely and quickly as possible, allowing you to get back to your routine in no time.
Know that after experiencing a flood, you are not alone. At All Brite Professional Cleaning, we are here to help. Call us 24/7 for your emergency at 1-863-382-0042.