How to Save Your Home After a Flood

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No matter which part of the country you live in, the possibility of a flood exists. You don’t have to live along the coast or adjacent to one of the nation’s great rivers to be a potential flood victim. Small rivers can overflow their banks, hurricanes can travel hundreds of miles inland, and ferocious rainstorms can hit every corner of the country. Mother nature is not the only thing that can cause flooding; damaged levies or dams, a broken water heater, a leaky pipe, or damage to a city’s water pipe outside the home can cause potential floods and water damage.

If you have been the unfortunate victim of a flood, no matter how minor, the first thing you should do is to try to dry out the home as quickly as possible. Lowering the humidity inside the home is essential to saving your house. Open the doors and windows as long as the humidity is not too high outside, use a dehumidifier, or try a desiccant, which is a chemical that can aid in reducing the dampness in your home.

Once you have dome everything possible to reduce the humidity in your home, it is time to begin salvaging items in your house. You should sort your items in to four categories – things that were untouched by the flood, things that were damaged but can be saved, items that were damaged beyond repair, and garbage. Take out the garbage immediately so it does begin to rot, smell, and attract insects.

Once you have all your items categorized and taken care of, you should begin to dry and clean all areas of your home. Mold and mildew can form quickly and spread even faster – dry and clean as best you can. Using normal household cleaning products and disinfectants should do the trick. Thoroughly clean and disinfect one room at a time to ensure that the job is done thoroughly and to minimize the overwhelming nature of the task. If the job appears to be too big, hire a professional. You want to take care of the mold and mildew as it can cause many health problems if left unchecked.

Once you have done all the preliminary cleaning, drying, and salvaging, you should have your home inspected. This will ensure that you have removed all potential areas of mold and mildew. You should also contact your insurance company to see what, if any, coverage you have for floods. The last task is to repair or rebuild any areas of your home that were damaged. Getting a building permit if needed and hiring the services of Flood Med are recommended for this part of the recovery process.

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by FloodMed

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