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Steps To Being Safe After Your Home Has Been Flood Damaged

Mar 1, 2008
After a living space has been flooded, it is an experience that will never be forgotten. Even when there is a foot or less of water in a residence for a few days, it may leave behind destruction that can take weeks or months and thousands of dollars to repair. There are some items that may be damaged severely and have to be discarded completely.

The amount of devastation a home can get because of flood waters will completely depend on how deep the water was in the living space and how long it was present. The quicker the water has receded, the lesser the amount of damage you will have. The decision of whether you may have to hire a expert clean up crew could depend on how much destruction has taken place.

After all the water has gone out, make sure there is no electricity on in the home and that the gas is also off. If you do not know how to make sure theses things are off, get in touch with the utility companies and wait for them. If your residence was standing in water for weeks, you will want to have it examined before you enter it at all because major structural damage might have taken place and it may be unsafe. If a residence has been flooded a number days or longer, the probability of mold development is usually certain. You should wear protective apparel and a breathing mask to prevent taking in toxic mold spores or any other air born contaminates.

When you do go into the residence, the first thing on the list is take out anything that that can be saved. A lot of belongings like dishes and plastic things will not be affected much, even though they will need to be cleaned.

Once you figure out the amount of the home's contents that will be thrown out, you will need to go ahead and remove them. Piling discarded articles on the ground outdoors is alright, but if you can acquire a truck or dumpster to put it in, it will prevent you from having to move it again later.

After all electronics, furniture, appliances, and other personal things has been gotten out, you may start examining the floors and walls. When you only had a small amount of water in the living space for a couple of days or less, you will probably not have to remove any floors and carpeting.

A lot of times they might be restored without removing them. At this stage of the clean up, you will likely need advice of a professional water damage business to tell you what your individual house calls for next.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Seattle Water Damage Restoration and
Detroit water Damage Restoration Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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