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Top 10 Things to do if Your Home is Flooded

Top 10 Things to do if Your Home is Flooded

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  1. Think safety first whenever you enter a damaged house. Wear protective clothing, sturdy boots or shoes, gloves and a hard hat. Use a 95 micron dust mask to protect your lungs.
  2. Take photos of the home inside and out before any cleanup begins. This will help you to document damage for your insurance company.
  3. If the power has been turned off, you’ll need to have the electrical wiring inspected before it can be turned back on. If it hasn’t been turned off, you should schedule an inspection before you attempt to use it. Damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  4. Open all the windows and doors to increase ventilation and start the drying process. If you have electricity you can speed things up with the use of fans and dehumidifiers. The sooner you can dry things out, the less chance mold and mildew will set in.
  5. Remove furniture and other belongings and air dry outdoors if possible but not under direct sunlight. The sun can fade and discolor some items.
  6. If area rugs are salvageable, hang them outside and wash with an antimicrobial cleaner to get rid of mold spores and other contaminates. Air dry, but again out of direct sunlight.
  7. Books, photos and other paper items will require special care. Take photos and paintings from the frames to dry. Important documents and images may need to be restored by a paper or photo conservator.
  8. Avoid using any appliances or electronics that were in the house. They may look fine on the outside could be damaged inside. Just being in the moist environment can be enough to make them malfunction.
  9. If the wallboard has gotten wet, it will most likely need to be removed. Wet wallboard will expand, crumble and is an ideal surface for mold to take hold. The insulation underneath could also be wet, so it’s a good idea to check out the condition of these hidden areas of the house.
  10. If the damage is extensive, seek help. This is important not only because there may be a lot of work to do but also because time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. The faster things are cleaned up and dried out, the less chance there is for mold and mildew to set in, Speed alone can be instrumental in saving a home after a flood.
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