Heavy rainfall, burst pipes, melting snow, and more can all have the possibility of causing your home or business to flood. Even a small amount of water has the potential to cause more damage than you think. Once you see standing water, do not hesitate to call your flood repair expert immediately and then take the following steps in order to ensure a safe recovery from the damage to your home or business.
Step One: Wear Protection
Sometimes, floodwater can kick up sewage and household chemicals, leading to a toxic environment. Wearing protection can help keep harmful chemicals off your skin while inspecting the initial damage. Before entering the water shut off the electivity to eliminate a dangerous situation. If you are unsure of how to do so, do not enter the water and wait for a professional.
Step Two: Take Pictures
Documenting the damage at different stages can be important for a variety of reasons. It can help your water damage experts to assess the best action plan, provide your insurance agent with a better understanding of your unique situation, and also give you a documented history or your home or business space. Pictures also have the ability to protect you from unnecessary coverage losses.
Step Three: Remove Standing Water
Call your insurer, and make sure you’re in the clear to start removing water. While your water damage restoration team will remedy any long-term damages, you should still remove deep water yourself. Unplug any electronics, and move them to higher ground. Work to remove as much water as you feel you can or wait until your flooding expert comes to assess the situation, depending on your comfort level.
Step Four: Do Emergency Mold Control
Mold can appear within 48 hours of a flood. You should remove anything that can hold water, as soon as possible. This can include furniture, clothes, toys, etc. Mold can pose health risks to your family or employees so consult your flood expert to make sure you are taking the proper measure to ensure a healthy environment during and post-flood repairs.
Step Five: Protect the Home from Further Damages
After you have recovered from the flood, take some time to make a plan of action as to how you can avoid flooding in the future. If you need to do some renovations or replacements of parts, do so, trust us, it will be cheaper in the long run. Staying one step ahead will ensure the safety of your home and allow you to continue living a water free lifestyle!
Homes or businesses are able to recover from water damage. With the right tools, teams, and strategies, you can quickly get your home and business back up to living and working standards. Learn how Carriage Cleaning Service can help get your home or business back together after experiencing a flood. We have the tools and expertise to get your home clean and safe. Learn more by visiting us online at http://carriagecleaning.com/.