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Going into a Flooded Home

Feb 29, 2008
Once a house has been flooded, it leaves a memory that will never be forgotten. Even when there is a foot or less of water in a home for a couple of days, it may leave behind damage that will take weeks and a huge amount of money to repair. There will be many articles that might be damaged severely and have to be thrown out for good.

The amount of damage a home can sustain because of a flood will entirely depend on how deep the water was in the residence and the length of time it was present. The quicker the water recedes, the less damage will be left behind. The decision of whether you may have to get a professional water damage team will depend on how much devastation there is.

After the water has gone away, be sure that no electrical current is running through the residence and that the gas is also off. If you do not know how to check these things, get in touch with the utility services and let them take care of it. If the home retained water for weeks, you need to have it examined before you enter it at all because major structural damage might have taken place and it could be hazardous. If your residence was flooded for 5 days or longer, the probability of mold development is almost certain. You should wear protective apparel and a breathing mask to prevent breathing in toxic mold spores or all other air born contaminates.

After you have entered your living space, the first thing on the list is removing all the stuff that can be saved. Some items like dishes and plastics will not be damaged, although they will have to be sterilized. Once you figure out how much of the house's contents must be thrown away, you should go ahead and get them out. Piling destroyed articles on the ground outdoors is alright, but if you can acquire a truck or dumpster to put it in, it will save needing to move it again later.

After all electronics, furniture, appliances, and other personal items have been removed, then you can get to examining the walls and floors. When you just had a minor amount of water in the living space for a few days or less, it might not be essential to remove carpeting and floors. Often times they may be fixed without removal. At this stage of your clean up you may need the advice of an expert to advise you what your specific house calls for next.
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Charlotte
water damage restoration
and Chicago water damage restoration companies.
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