Unfortunately, many homeowners are unsure of what to do when faced with a flood. If water starts to come into your home from a storm or natural disaster, you may need to leave the house for an extended period of time. But, before you do - let’s explore the steps you should take should you find yourself in this situation.
If you’re dealing with a natural disaster, this can be difficult because you’re at the mercy of the weather. However, if the flood is caused from a broken pipe or appliance, you’ll want to stop the source of the water first.
When water starts entering your home, you’ll probably want to begin moving things to a higher level so the water won’t touch them. For smaller belongings, this is ideal, but for larger furniture, it’s often not possible in the moment. The most important part of dealing with floodwater, is to remove the water itself from your home as soon as you can.
After you’ve contacted a crew to properly extract the water from your home, you should take pictures (before the water is removed). This is purely for insurance purposes - when you make a claim with your insurance company, they’ll want to see the extent of the damage. If you begin to clean up prior to the pictures, you could hinder the amount of coverage you’ll receive from your insurance company.
Don’t Forget Your Health!
Often times, homeowners get caught up in saving their belongings and material items that they don’t protect their health. Regardless of the source of water, it’s likely contaminated (and will continue to grow bacteria and mold the longer it’s left to sit). If you’re going to stay in your home, you’ll want to wear protective clothing - like boots and gloves, for example. Of course, it depends on the severity of your situation, but in most cases - it’s safer to stay outside the home and let the professionals get to work.
Now, you’re ready to call your insurance company and begin cleanup! If you’re experiencing flooding or water damage, don’t hesitate to give us a call!