What To Do During An Emergency Flood Situation?

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Whether the flood is caused by falling water, ground water or home water system malfunction, there are some basic rules which you need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to ensure the safety of your home.

Avoid Additional Risks
You should check for any visible structural damage, such as loosened or cracked foundation elements, warping, wall cracks, and holes before entering the home. Contact the utility company which serve water damage restorations if you suspect damage to floors, carpets, and sewer lines. Also do not forget to check if there is any open electrical wire. In such a case, it is recommended to hire professionals who can fix the problem.

In addition, it is important to have a powerful flashlight and turn off all the electrical appliances. Even if the power is not operational, it is a good idea to carefully go to your fuse box and turn off the main switch. Also, you should take off the individual fuse connection from each room. This way, if the power is reactivated anyhow, you can avert risks of electrocution. Keep this in mind, do not mix electricity with water.

Remove Water
Once you determine it’s safe to land on water, it is time to remove the water. Use a pump to pull out all the water from your room. However, if you are afraid of pests, it is a smart choice to call the professionals. You are not actually risking their lives, but treating the flooded room in a smart way. Water damage restorers are professionals and thus, they know what to do in an emergency situation. Apart from mere pests, you can also get affected if there is any damage or crack on the floor. Open doors and windows to allow fresh air and light to come in. Letting in light can help you to see the rooms properly.

Securing the Property
As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to secure the property so that no other additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows as a protection. And look out if the roof has been damaged. Again, it is suggested to call the professionals even if the water level has gone down.

If the home is habitable, take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe from injuries. Consult with a professional team to ensure safe water removal.

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What Should You Do When Your Home Is Flooded?

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What should you do when your commercial or residential property has been severely damaged by water? Flooded floors are prone to mildew, mould and bacteria growth, which can lead to serious health issues. So what should you do in such a situation?

Step One – Dry off the Place
Without question, the first thing you need to do is quickly dry off the flooded place as soon as possible. Drying off does not mean to keep all your fans switched on. This process is not so effective and would increase your electricity bill more than dry your floors. The surface drying may satisfy you, but the inward damages made to walls, floor and furniture will stay as they are. This can trigger more serious problems as mildew and mould growth, unless you take initiatives to dry your house effectively.

To combat the situation in the best way possible, it is better that you call a water damage restoration team of licensed personnels to manage the job with ease. They are equipped with the latest restoration methods and would dry your floors completely, thus saving your property from harmful bacteria and fungi.

Precautionary steps to take for a water damaged home
Shut off the power when your home has been severely affected by water. Be aware of exposed wires and plugged in devices that can cause eletrocution. Do not try to unplug any appliance without any protective gloves and footwear. Make sure that the protective wear is made up of rubber or plastic.

How are the restoration works done?
The restoration team will come equipped with air purifiers, blowers, dehumidifiers, and high quality floor dryers and cleaners. The top class equipment are effective to give you complete dry floors, just like they were before. Depending on the extent of damage, the restoration professionals may also use wall dryers, mould & mildew treatments, and sanitisers.

Possibilities of delayed restoration works
Sometimes, delayed action on a flooded floor causes moisture retention behind the walls. This causes weakening of the building structure. However, you must investigate the house thoroughly for probable hollow core walls and flooring. It is recommended to clean your home and its surrounding even after a week of restoration works.

It is always advised to call a water damage restorer as the restoring process is not at all a DIY process.