A recent study has found that the homes of nearly 4 million Americans are at risk of being flooded, so it is important to be aware of the steps that you should take if disaster hits your home. There are lots of preventive measures that you can also take, such as waterproofing your basement with a sump pump, but it is also essential to know how to deal with flood water in your home, as this can help to save thousands of dollars in damage.
Speak To Your Insurance Company
The first step to take if your house floods is to tell your insurance company about the situation. Any professional company will be able to advise you what you need to do and this will help you to substantiate your claim. You can also find out if you have flood insurance, although only 12% of Americans do.
Dry Up The Water And Remove Dirt
Once you have spoken to your insurance company you can start to remove standing water with a pump. If there is too much water you may need to ring the emergency services for assistance. Once you have removed the water you can put on the heating (if it still works) to help dry out the room, and then you can use a bucket and some rubber gloves to remove any residual dirt.
Remove Any Furniture
Now you can remove all of the furniture from the room, including any rugs and curtains that are wet. It is possible that some of the furniture will be beyond repair; waterlogged sofas and mattresses can quickly become moldy, which is why most donation centers won’t accept wet mattresses or furniture.
Clean and Disinfect The Floor
Once you have removed the furniture you can clean the floor using warm water and bleach. You will also need to remove and replace any wet wallboard or paneling.
Remove The Moisture
It is essential to remove moisture from the floors as otherwise, it will encourage mold growth. You can do this by leaving a dehumidifier in the room for at least 24 hours.
Call Your Electrician
The final step is calling your electrician to tell them about the flood, as they may need to come around to check the wiring in the house.
You may be able to prevent a fair amount of flood damage using these tips, but it is essential that you act quickly. If not your floors may become waterlogged and need replacing, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
By Sally Writes