Tips For Staying Safe When Restoring Your Home After A Flood

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A flood can totally devastate your home, especially if it takes days for the water to recede. It doesn't even take that much water to do a lot of damage. Cleaning up after a flood is a huge undertaking that you might not be able to do alone because of the contamination from the water and the growth of mold. Here are some important things to keep in mind during flood damage restoration so you stay safe.

Don't Wade In The Water

You may be desperate to get back to your home, but it is safer to wait until the water is gone. Avoid wading through standing water if at all possible because it could have contaminants in it that could make you sick or infect a wound. Plus, there could be snakes or other harmful creatures in the water that you don't see. This goes for standing water inside your house as well as outside.

Wear Protective Gear

Remember that once the water is gone, the contaminants will be left behind in your home. Don't touch anything inside without wearing protecting clothing and gloves. If mold is present, which it probably will be even if you can't see it, you may also need to wear a breathing apparatus to protect your lungs. Everything you intend to save from your flooded home has to be sanitized if it came in contact with the water or mold.

Be Cautious About Using Electricity

If your electrical outlets flooded, you should let an electrician check your home before you turn the electricity back on. While fans and other equipment will be needed for the cleanup effort, you must be cautious about using any electricity if water lingers in your house. A flood damage restoration professional may provide a generator to power equipment so work can begin right away.

Avoid Using The Central AC

If your AC unit outdoors was submerged in water, you shouldn't turn it on until a contractor has checked it for damage. You run the risk of shock or other electrical consequences if the electrical components were damaged by water. Another reason to avoid the AC is mold. The ducts could have mold spores in them. You'll need professional help getting your AC running again.

Throw Out Things To Avoid Contamination

Although it may be difficult, you'll probably have to throw out a lot of your things if they were underwater for days. It's difficult to dry out furniture, and cleaning up is an even bigger problem when your furniture and carpet are soaked with contaminated water. Your contractor will probably need to tear out a lot of the building materials in your home such as drywall and flooring too. However, you can place important documents and photos in a freezer to preserve them until you can have them restored later.

Dealing with a flooded house is overwhelming. An experienced contractor can be a big help with organizing the process and offering advice. Plus, the contractor can do the dangerous jobs such as dealing with contaminated mud and tearing out carpet and drywall so you stay safe.

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