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First Steps To Take After Your Home Has Water Damage From Floods

Nov 2, 2007
In recent years there have been thousands and thousands of families who have been affected by flood waters getting into and damaging or destroying their homes. Hurricanes, tornadoes, rising rivers and creeks are all responsible for causing these floods.

The sad thing is that even with the most attentive home owners, there is not a thing that can be done to protect your self from these kinds of disasters. Even when covered by insurance many people found out too late that their particular policies would not cover their flooded homes.

Some people who have their homes flooded come out luckier than others, that is, if it can be called lucky. They might actually have a home that is salvageable enough to go back to.

Where does a person begin? First you must assess the damage. Never try to regain access to your home until it is allowed. Danger is everywhere in a flooded area, and you can not accurately assess damage until the waters have receded any way.

Wear protective clothing and a mask when you reenter your home. Do not go alone if at all possible. Turn off the breakers in the house even if there is no power restored yet. If you can get your insurance to meet you that is best, the sooner you contact them the better.

If you are covered by your policy, then hiring someone to help with the cleanup and repairs will be possible. If you find you are not covered, often the Red Cross might be able to assist you. Finding out what sort of help from any other sources might be necessary. Take all the help you can.

Mold and damaged floors and walls are some of the most dangerous hazards in flooded homes, so you must be very careful. Determine which items can be saved and which ones can not.

Remove salvageable items first and try to store them somewhere safe, upstairs in your home is good if possible. Begin removing all items that are not attached that have been destroyed. Remember flood waters are filled with contaminates like sewage, chemicals and many things that are hazardous to your health, so if it is really nasty, throw it away.

When this is done you get to the hard stuff. Removing carpeting, damaged sheetrock and wood is next. Some places that are not damaged might still have mold and must be cleaned thoroughly. Have your home inspected by a qualified professional before moving back in.
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