Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
Big storms have the tendency to bring flooding and damage with them. From rising rivers to drainage back-up, water can find its way into your home. Flood damage is different from other types of water damage. Flood water can be contaminated by a number of different things that it came in contact with before entering your house. Because flood water can be unhealthy or unsafe, we always suggest dealing with it carefully. Here is what we suggest you do after experiencing a flood.
Get Everyone Out Safely
The most important thing to do when flooding happens is to ensure everyone in the building is safe. This first and foremost means making sure everyone makes it out of the building safely. One of the most sinister effects of flood damage is what it can do to the structure of a building. Flood water can damage the structural security of your home.
Turn off the Power Breaker
Once everyone has exited the building, make sure the power breaker is turned off. In most instances of severe flooding, the breaker will already be off. However, it is important to confirm this to ensure the safety of inspectors, restoration professionals, and yourself when it comes time to reenter the building. Belongings and buildings can be restored, but people can not. So the first priority is always ensuring that the residents or users of the building are safe.
Flood water can be contaminated and unsafe for you to deal with on your own. It can pick up chemicals, sewage, and other debris before entering your home. These elements can be invisible to the eye, so it's important to wear protective gear and test the water before extracting it. For your own safety, we suggest that if you have experienced flooding, you call a professional to come and handle the removal and restoration. Professionals will not only test the safety of the water, but they will have the proper tools to make extraction and restoration as effective and efficient as possible. Professionals also have experience with a variety of flooding situations and will know how best to handle your specific issues.
Cleanup after a flood is no easy task. Flood damage can be a health and safety risk. If you don’t deal with it properly, you could end up with bigger problems further down the road. We here at DeShano Restoration have valuable experience dealing with flooding and restoring properties that have flood damage. We understand that flooding is stressful, and we want to take that stress off of your shoulders. If you need the help of restoration professionals, give us a call at 1-877-570-7780.