Proper flood water extraction requires knowledge andexpertise in making sure all the proper safety procedures and preservationtechniques are used. No home owner wants to come home to a flooded house.However, prompt attention and care from a flood water extraction company canensure the aftereffects and water damage from a flood are as minimalas possible. The following steps can help minimize the damage and negativepossible effects of a flood.
What to Do After a Flood:
Turn the Power Off
The very first thing to do when realized a flood hasoccurred is turn the power off. You should take this safety precaution even ifthe water isn’t near any electrical outlets, since water can generateelectricity and contact with it could be lethal. No one, especially children,should go near water after a flood.
Assess the Flood Damage
Quickly take note of damaged rooms and areas so you canbetter provide us with the extent of the situation when you first call. Waterdamage can quickly worsen, so get a general overall picture of the damage andthen let a professional water damage company handle the intricacies of the situation. If yourhome is completely devastated, The Red Cross can provide you with basicnecessities and a clean-up kit.
Do Not Delay
Serious and extensive water damage can happen veryquickly to drywalls, carpets, homes and businesses. Studies show that floodwater left for longer than 48 hours has the potential to do the most damage.The flood water can compromise the structure of a house as it seeps through thewalls, and can also affect the drywall. Carpeted areas are more prone than woodfloors to cause serious mold and water damage issues when leftunattended to, so don’t put off the problem. The more opportunity flood waterhas to sit, the more costly and time-consuming the process will be to restorethe area back to its original condition.
Claim Your Flood Insurance
After calling handling the most immediate problem, youshould call your insurance company and file a flood insurance claim. Find outthe depth and extent of your coverage and utilize the resources from yourinsurance company. Our flood clean up processes is approved byall the major insurance companies.
Leave If Necessary
Proper and adequate ventilation is very important once werid your home of the water. We place fans around the affected area and alsorecommend opening as many doors and windows as possible. A consistent airflowinto the areas affected by the flood assists in the flood water extractionprocess and decreases the chances for mold to form.
When extensive water damage occurs, you may haveto live outside your home for a while. Experts advise patience after a floodand not rushing back to the home to give water damage restorationexperts a chance to thoroughly handle the situation. Let the localauthorities know if you will be leaving your home for a while. Boarding up thewindows is a good idea as well.
Handle the Stress
The pressure and stress that accompanies a flood isinevitable. However, there are certain measures you can take to dramaticallyreduce the tension and feelings of not being in control of the situation. Aftera flood, your emotions will be affected just like your home, business andpersonal belongings will. Take the time to sleep, eat well, and be grateful foryour health. Belongings and things can all be replaced, but people cannot.
While dealing witha flood is never enjoyable, taking advantage of the water extraction services ofan experienced company like TheWater Damage Experts can help tremendously.
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