One of the most devastating disasters that could happen to any home aside from fire is a flood. There are plenty of things that could cause flooding – from heavy rainfall, bursting pipes, sewer backing up, and a malfunctioning sump pump.

The amount of property damage you could get depends on the severity of the flood. There are light floods that could only get some few of your belongings wet while in worst cases, it could get your entire home soaked and causes a huge damage to property.

In case a flood happens in your home, here is a simple guide to help you through this difficult time.

Keep Safety First

Keeping yourself and your family safe is important during a flood. There are times when the flood is too heavy that you need to evacuate your home. Before leaving, be sure that you’ll be safe when you return to your home. Turn off the basic utilities such as electricity and water.

When you return, be sure to wear safety gear such as boots, rubber gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from chemicals, contaminants, and other harmful substances. Dispose all the food stock that has been contaminated with flood waters.

Deal with the Flood Water

After the flood, most likely the flood water will recede on its own gradually. However, there are times when it needs effort to take out all the stock flood water in your home. You could use buckets to scoop out water or even a pump to make the task easier and faster. Once you’ve taken away all the flood water, you can now proceed to the next step.

Drying

After removing all the flood water, you can now start drying up your home. Your belongings and the entire house will most likely be wet or moist after the flood especially if it is severe. Dry the area using fans and even a dehumidifier to speed up drying even when the weather is still wet. It is important to dry and reduce the moisture in your home to prevent mould and mildew from growing and causing health problems.

Contact the Insurance Company

After drying everything, you need to contact your insurance company so that they could assess all the flood damage in your home. Repairing your home can get costly and the insurance company could help you out with the repair expenses especially if the damages are covered in your policy. Don’t forget to take photos of the damages as you inspect your home for the documentation needed by the insurance company.

Cleaning Up and Repair

Start cleaning up your home by sorting which items can be saved and which ones need to be disposed. Don’t forget to disinfect the surfaces that have been contaminated with flood water. Some parts of your home might need to be repaired and replaced such as the drywall, flooring, and other broken parts and utilities in your home. For a thorough inspection and professional repair, it is best to hire a flood damage repair company to handle this task.

Quick action is needed when dealing with flood aftermath in your home. With this simple guide, setting up your home after a flood is made easier.