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Healing Your Home After Water Damage

Jul 6, 2008
If you are one of the thousands of Americans who have had your home flooded because of the wrath of Mother Nature in recent years, then you already know how traumatic and costly it can be to repair your home if it was even possible. Many people who endured Hurricane Katrina never got to go back home because there was no home to go back to. Even those who were lucky enough, if you can call it lucky, had months of salvage and repair to go through to get things back the way they should be.

For those who had flood insurance, things were bad enough, but for those who had no flood insurance, it was an even longer process. When you have insurance, you at least have the financial aid that you need to restore your home to its former state. For the uninsured, if the flooding is done on a broad enough scale, there can sometimes be government help available if your home happens to be in a place that has been declared a disaster area.

The help that you might be able to get from the government is great, but as with Hurricane Katrina survivors, it can be slow in coming. The best thing for anyone to do who might be living in or near a flood zone is to make sure and be protected with flood insurance to begin with. It can be expensive to pay for, but when you consider how bad the consequences can be when you do not have it, you have to decide whether it is worth it or not.

When a home has been flooded, there are a multitude of things to do when it has been determined that the home is worth trying to save. There are all the personal belongings that have to be taken out and sorted through in order to figure out what can be saved and what can not. After that you must have the home inspected to see how bad the damage actually is. Then demolition will have to be started by tearing out ruined sheetrock and wood that has been damaged badly enough to be removed.

The home will likely have to be gone over thoroughly to determine if mold has developed. If it has, then that is another potentially expensive problem that will have to be corrected before you can ever move back in. Mold is a hazardous thing to human health when it is not killed entirely. If you ever have to hire a water damage expert, make sure they are well qualified to know how to deal with mold because it can be a large part of restoration after a flood.
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