Flood damage can be disastrous. When you don’t know what to do about it, it can be a nightmare coupled with a disaster. It’s important to be prepared for this natural disaster, since 1 in 5 of us will have to deal with a major flood in our lifetime. While there are professional flood damage restoration companies out there who will adequately repair your home, it is very unlikely that they will be the first response. That will undoubtedly be your role.
Flood damage is compounded with the passing of time. If you can take action on a flood early on, you will decrease the amount of long term flood damage by ten fold. Being the first response in a flood situation requires you to assess and prioritize every situation, every item, and every tragic loss.
Here is your quick cheat sheet in case you fall victim to one of the most common disasters in the home today. Although, it would be ideal for you to keep this checklist in your pocket every second of every day, you may find that you don’t require the actual flood damage checklist, and that the common sense behind should be adequate for you to make it through a flood in the home.
1. Electricity – Your very top priority when first being thrown into a flood situation is the electricity. If you can turn off the entire homes electricity from outside, that is ideal. If, however, the main shut off is in the house, then call the fire department for assistance. Do not enter the home during a flood when the power is still on. keep a look out for fire too from any wires that short out.
2. Documents & Photographs – Although it may be that a few documents become damaged beyond repair during a flood, if you are on the scene in the early stages, then you may have a chance at saving the vast majority of important documents and photos throughout the house. This is where it is so important to stay calm. Being in a panic mode may cause you to destroy documents accidentally. Flood damage is not always caused by the flood itself, so try and keep a level head… at least until you’ve picked up all your documents and photographs. If your photos are in picture frames do not remove them from the frames just yet. You risk ripping the photo if you try to take it out of the frame while moist.
3. Water Removal – Getting the excess water out of the home is the first step to flood damage repair. When the water is removed, you will be left with lots of wet items, floors and walls. Although this seems like a daunting task, drying the home is easy when the water is removed, and the air circulation is high throughout the house.
When dealing with a flood, it is always advised to hire professionals for the job. When you tally the cost of equipment to properly repair flood damage you see that a professional is far cheaper, and far more efficient than you could ever be on your own.
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