Homeowners Guide For What Do To After A Flood
At Professional Restoration Systems of Connecticut, we believe knowledge is crucial when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of a flood damage disaster. That is why we have created this short Homeowners Guide For What Do To After A Flood.
Stay Out Of The Damage.
There are many safety risks that need to be taken into consideration after a flood. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns that you should check for any visible structural damage before entering a flood-damaged property and contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, and sewer lines. Don’t try to turn off any type of gas or electricity unless you know what you are doing.
Call A Certified Flood Damage Restoration Company.
As soon as the source of the flood damage has been resolved you should be contacting a certified flood damage restoration company. Fast action on your part can help you save thousands of dollars in cleanup and repairs. These flood damage experts will be able to handle even the messiest and most dangerous parts of a flood damage cleanup and restoration project. If you live in the Shelton area and find your home facing a flood damage disaster, the pros at Professional Restoration Systems of Connecticut are just one call away.
Document Any Damage.
Once you have called the professions it’s time to document the damage. Putting together a detailed inventory for your insurance company may be the last thing on your mind after a flood threatens your home, but it should be one of your top priorities. Providing an accurate, detailed list of the damage done to your home after a flood will save much of the mess of dealing with your insurance company and hopefully increase your overall insurance claim. Furthermore, you can be proactive in dealing with your insurance company if you make a detailed inventory of all the valuables in your home and their current condition. Then, if your home is flooded you will have an accurate list to compare the damage against. Again, this will save you time and potentially money. In most cases, the restoration company you contact will be able to help you with this process. Most reputable flood damage cleanup companies will have experience working with insurance companies and will know what needs to be done so you can get the most out of your insurance claim.
Check If You Are In The Disaster Area.
When floods are widespread and affect many people, the government often labels the affected flood area as a disaster area. If you are in an official disaster area you could have many more potential resources at your disposal. This could include financial help. Contact FEMA directly to determine resources, if any, may be available to you.
Keep An Eye Out For Mold
This is an important step to take after the immediate shock of a flood has subsided, but not too long after. Mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours of the creation of an environment that can sustain it. Thus, it’s not going to begin growing right away, but it will begin to grow soon. Once the excess water has been pumped out of your home and the drying process has finished or begun, be on the lookout for the signature musty smell made by mold and for any visible hints of it. It is important that you catch mold growth early because if it grows uninhibited for too long it may begin to grow inside your walls and ceilings. Once this happens, it is very difficult to remove the mold, and doing so is much more invasive as it is inside the walls.
This guide only covers a small portion of what you should do in the aftermath of a flood damage disaster. Keep an eye on our monthly blogs for future educational blogs regarding water and flood damage prevention, cleanup, and repair.