A Post Flood Primer
Floods can cause massive and overwhelming damage to your home or business, and that damage can be inflicted in a matter of minutes or hours, rendering the property uninhabitable for a period of weeks or even months. It is important to consider how you are going to approach your home post flood and salvage as much as possible.
Firstly, if you have been evacuated, then do not attempt to return home until after the emergency has passed and the all clear given by local emergency management. Do not attempt to cross flooded out roads, and avoid any and all downed power lines. Such scenarios should be reported to the nearest authorities.
Do not attempt to enter your home until you have verified stability. Flood waters can literally shift a home on its foundation, making it prone to collapse. You do not want to survive the flood only to have your house collapse around you. Be prepared to find incredible amounts of mud and silt in the home, and beware of damaged, jagged edges which can cause serious laceration.
Turn off the electricity and gas to the home, since water and electricity do not mix, and the slightest spark could trigger a serious ignition if gas is leaking. Remember that the power may be knocked out, but it will come back on at some point, and you want to be able to control when it does in order to avoid serious injury or death from electrocution. Utilities should not be turned back on until all repairs have been completed and the systems have been inspected by a licensed electrician or HVAC professional.
Flood waters should always be considered contaminated, and as such, you should always wear proper protection, steel toed boots, gloves, long pants and sleeves, as well as eye wear and where needed, a breathing apparatus. Make sure you wash thoroughly after any time spent exposed to flood water.
The best option for problems such as this is to secure the services of a qualified, experienced, and Clean Trust certified water damage restoration professional, someone who will have the equipment and tools designed to handle even the largest water and flood damage cases.They will be available 24/7, offer same day emergency service in most cases, and all work will be guaranteed for a period of at least one year from the date of completion, which means that you can rest assured of a quality job done right the first time.
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