Practical Tips After a Flood in Your Home
After a flood, the cost of repair coupled with the pressure put on a household can have devastating effects. Plumbing problems and roof leaks can both cause unexpected flooding in a home. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area (and Texas in general) is also prone to extremely heavy and severe rain, and chances of flood are higher compared to other states. It’s helpful to understand a few practical tips to follow in the event of flooding in your home. RestoPros is dedicated to keeping local homeowners educated on post-flood tactics to help minimize the recovery effort. Our experts on water and flood damage services, have compiled some practical tips for you to keep in mind:
Turn off All Power
- Water and electricity are a dangerous and deadly combination.
- Power can be turned off using your home’s circuit breaker, but do not attempt this if it means standing in water.
- If your circuit breaker cannot be reached safely, contact your electric company to shut off power to your home.
- Do not step in any water that’s in contact with electrical outlets.
- Keep appliances away from water by storing them in a high, dry area.
Document all Damage That Has Been Lost
- Be sure to document and photo all damage in your home, and be as specific as possible.
- Make a list of all damaged property, and keep the documents and photos in a safe place.
- Photographing and documenting will help in recovering damages through insurance.
Notify Insurance Company
- Call your insurance company and begin filing a claim for the flood damage in your home.
- When filing a claim with an insurance company, also ask them if you are in a Declared Disaster Area, as this can help in securing additional funds.
- After filing a claim, insurance companies will help you select a company to remediate the water damage, opting for professionals such as RestoPros for water damage remediation services.
- After calling your insurance company, they may give you approval to begin removing damage and clearing water yourself.
Clear Out Water and Debris
- Once approved by your insurance company, begin clearing water inside your home to prevent damage and mold growth.
- Sump pumps are available at local department stores, ranging from $75-300, and are placed in standing water to pump out the flood.
- Wet and dry vacuums are also available at department stores for around $60-100, and are used to suck up water and debris from your home.
- Allow proper air circulation by opening doors and windows, but be sure they won’t allow more water in.
- Use a dehumidifier to eliminate moisture and prevent mold growth and water damage.
- Discard any contaminated food or belongings, along with any other items that cannot be salvaged.
Following these practical tips may save your family and home during a flood. Be sure to always contact the right professionals to give you the aid that is needed during a flood. RestoPros offers extensive water and flood damage remediation services to ensure your home gets the treatment it deserves. Give us a call at 855-587-3786 to schedule an appointment and meet your trusted flood experts.