What to do After a Flood
Post- Flood Clean Up
After a flood, your home can be damaged in several ways. You may find that the water has seeped into your walls and floors or even caused mold to grow. There are things you can do on your own and those that need to be handled by professionals. Below we’ll cover what is involved with post-flood clean up, as well as tips on getting started on the right track:
Call Restoration Professionals To Extract Standing Water
After a flood, standing water can quickly cause extensive damage to your home. You may need to extract the water before it has a chance to cause more problems. Your restoration company will be able to help with this process.
Water can lead to mold growth, which is expensive to eradicate. Getting the water out of your home as soon as possible is essential for minimizing future damage from poor air quality and any potential illnesses that may arise from prolonged exposure of water-damaged materials in your home.
Stay away from electronics
- Do not use electronics until they have been inspected by a professional.
- Do not use electronics until they have been dried out in a safe, dry environment (like a bag of rice).
- Do not use electronics until you are sure that they are safe and/or how to use them again.
Don’t attempt to fix yourself
You may be tempted to try to fix things yourself. Don't. Do not turn on the power, and do not attempt to repair any damaged appliances or furniture yourself. The electrical system could have been damaged by flood waters, so it's best to leave it untouched until you can get an electrician out there. Similarly, water damage can cause mold and mildew problems that are best left up to professionals—even if they're only minor issues at first glance.
Return home when it’s safe
After a flood, it can be difficult to know when it is safe to return home. You might feel like you're taking a risk by returning too soon and end up with more damage than if you'd waited longer. However, after being evacuated for several days or even weeks, there's a good chance that your home needs your personal touch now more than ever—especially if you've been away from your pets or plants for long periods of time.
For us to advise on when it is safe for you to return home after a flood, we need some information first:
- Where did the flooding occur?
- Was it in an area where there were severe weather warnings?
- If so, this could mean that the torrential rains caused erosion along rivers and streams nearby, thus making the ground unstable enough so as not to withstand heavy traffic (i.e., cars).
If you experience a flood, there is no need to panic. You can follow these tips to get your Hamilton Park, TX home back to normal as quickly as possible. It’s important that you act quickly and call professionals if needed.