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How To Handle Your Flooded Home

Mar 3, 2008
When anyone's home catches fire and burns down, it is life changing to say the least. Most fires should be covered by the home owner's insurance policy normally without much question.

When a person's living space is flooded, in many cases it is not covered. This, along with the devastating consequences of a flood itself, is likely to be even more alarming. Where does someone start if almost everything they possess is under water because of a flood and has been destroyed?

According to how long the water was inside the living space is going to conclude to at least some measure, how much water and mold devastation there has been done to the structure of your house. However long it had water standing, the end results will not be good.

If you are in the place like a lot of people and find that you are not covered by flood insurance, it will probably be essential to do a lot of the clean up and repair on your own.

This can be your only answer, and there will be a lot of safety precautions you have to implement. In cases much like the Katrina hurricane, many people's residences were immersed in water for weeks and devastating structural damage occurred. It was extremely unsafe for them to venture inside even as the water went sown.

The chances of rotten floors and dangerous mold were both real health issues. If your living space was only flooded for several days, the structural damage may not be so serious, but mold will probably still be a problem. Rubber gloves and protective clothing must be put on when first entering your home. A breathing mask is necessary as well to keep you from inhaling the mold spores that will likely make you ill.

All belongings must be taken out to determine what can be restored and what may not be. Paper, of course, must be thrown out, but a lot of fabric things like curtains or rugs could be cleaned for reuse if they have not molded.

Glass and plastic items can be sanitized using bleach or other such products. Carpeting may be hopeless, and usually can not be reused due to mud, silt, and other contaminants that likely will not be totally taken out.

Tearing out all sheet rock that was damaged by water is necessary. Mold will develop here very quickly and can contaminate the wood underneath if it is not taken down as soon as possible. Wood flooring could need taking out as well.

If you are undecided as to the state of the floors, it is best to get a professional to have a good look and let them give you advice about replacing affected wood items and the likelihood of additional mold growth. Mold is very serious and if possible, a professional should be called when damage is questionable or severe.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of
Charlotte Water Damage Restoration and
Chicago Water Damage Restoration Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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