Clearing Up the Situation: Necessary Post-Flood Action
They say that it’s better for your house to get robbed than flooded. In a way, this makes sense because the gush of water entering your property stops at nothing. It’ll soak all things, from furniture and appliances to clothes and food. Flood even puts your health at risk even after it has subsided.
The most important thing to do after the flood hits your home is to clean up the whole house. You can start by calling your insurance company. But since all of your neighbors may do the same, the agents may not attend to your needs immediately and efficiently.
Get rid of Floodwater
The next person you should dial is a professional cleaner. Unless you have the experience, you can’t remove 100% of the floodwater on your own. According to FixofUtah.com, professional help is necessary because floors warp and walls get permanently damaged without proper water removal.
Dispose of Filthy Items
When you have already gotten rid of the water, dispose of the contaminated items, such as unsealed food and water. Get everything outside the property for it to dry, especially the pieces of furniture and upholstery. Don’t forget to remove the carpet too because mold will form if you don’t take action.
Now that the house is empty of contaminated and damaged items, sort out among your belongings which ones are good for repairs and which ones are now trash. Don’t hesitate to let go of your things because the longer you hold on, the more you put your health at risk.
Keep off the Electricity and Water
Never switch on the power box unless a technician instructs you to do so. Even if the surface is already dry, there is still a chance of electrocution. Likewise, avoid drinking water from the sink as the flood may have contaminated it. The most practical step is to ask for relief goods from the authorities.
You should always be after safety of yourself and your family. Flood can be as devastating on the moment it hits to its after-effects. Knowing what to do after the flood helps keep you safe throughout.