When there is a flood in your home, it can cause a great deal of destruction. Whether the flood was caused by a burst pipe, ground water, rain or a malfunctioning water heater, there are a few safety tips that you should follow to prevent injury or permanent damage.
Avoid Dangerous Risks
One of the most important safety tips, which will protect you and your family, is to avoid dangerous risks. If the flood was so bad that you were unable to return to the home, make sure that it is completely safe before you return. If you are unsure whether or not you can go back to your home, you should check for any visible signs of structural damage. These include:
- Cracked foundation
- Loosened elements in the foundation
It is also a good idea to contact your utility company, so that they can check for damage to your gas, electric, sewer, and water lines. By not following these safety tips, serious injury can occur.
Take Additional Precautions
When following safety tips after a flood, you should take additional precautions as well. Start by turning off the water in the home. If the power in your home has gone out, you should turn off the main breaker. This will prevent injury or more damage if the electricity is turned on suddenly without any warning.
Protect Your Health
It is important to follow flood safety tips so that you can protect your health, and the health of your family. While the water may look clear, it could be contaminated by household chemicals or sewage. When you go into the flooded area, you should wear waders if the water is deep. You should also wear waterproof boots and rubber gloves. This will protect you from any dangerous contaminants. If you have any food that came into contact with the flood waters, you should throw it away immediately.
If you are planning to remove the water yourself, you should first take photos of the damage. This can come in very handy for your insurance company. For the highest amount of protection, you should take both photos and video.
Contact Your Insurance Company
While contacting your insurance company is not one of the traditional safety tips, it will protect your home in the long run. The sooner you contact your insurance company, the sooner you will be able find out if the damage is covered, and to what extent.
Contact a Flood Restoration Company
Of all the flood safety tips, the most important is to contact a water damage restoration company. These companies have experience with returning homes to the state they were in before the flood occurred. Floods can cause structural damage, as well as a great deal of mold and mildew. If the flood has caused black mold, it can be incredibly toxic. These companies have the knowledge and experience to remove the water quickly, to prevent any further damage to the home. They will also remove anything from the home which can cause serious health or safety risks.
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