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Salvaging Your Home After The Flood

Mar 22, 2008
In the last ten years there have been thousands and thousands of families who have been touched by sudden floods getting into and damaging or destroying their living spaces. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and rising water ways are all responsible for creating these floods. The bad thing is that even with the most attentive home owners, there is very little that can be done to prevent these types of occurrences. Even when people had insurance, scores of individuals found out too late that their coverage did not help them with their flooded houses.

A lot of individuals who had a home flooded were somewhat better off than others. These individuals actually had a home that was savable enough to go back to. Where does a person begin? First of all you have to assess the devastation. Do not attempt to get access to your house until it is safe. Safety hazards are wide spread in a flooded house, and you are not able to accurately determine the devastation until after the flood has receded anyway.

You must wear protective outerwear and a breathing mask when you go into a flooded home. It is not a good idea to go in alone. Turn off the breakers in the home even when there is no power coming into the home yet. When you can, call your insurance supplier to accompany you. The quicker you get in touch with them the better. If you are covered by your insurance policy, then engaging a licensed firm to do the cleanup and renovations will be possible. When you find you are not covered, often the Red Cross might help you. Investigating what type of help that is available from some other organizations will probably be necessary. Try to get as much assistance you can locate.

Mold exposure and impaired walls and floors are some of the most dangerous hazards in flooded residences, so you need to be very cautious. Determine what belongings that might be saved and those that can not. Take out salvageable possessions first and put them somewhere safe. Then you will start removing all the articles that are not savable. You must not forget that water from floods is full of hazardous materials like sewage, chemicals, and numerous things that are damaging to your health, so if it is horribly nasty, throw it away.

When you have finished all this, then you have reached the hardest part. Pulling out floor coverings, damaged sheet rock, and damaged wood is next. Many residences that are not heavily damaged will likely still grow mold and must be sanitized entirely. Be sure to have your house inspected by an experienced professional prior to moving in.
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of
Miami Water Damage Restoration and
Fort Lauderdale Water Damage Restoration
Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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