Having a flood can be a scary experience. It’s a dangerous situation that should not be taken lightly. While many people know what to do in the aftermath of a flood situation, most are not abreast of what to during the actual flood.
Your specific actions will be dependent on the situation. If there is a serious flood situation in the area, you should listen to the radio to find out the details of the situation and list to the emergency instructions of your local municipality. Follow all evacuation instructions and make you way to a save area until it is deemed okay to return to your home.
In most cases, flooding occurs in your basement and is a result of many factors such as a burst pipe, sump pump malfunction, or basement leak. Check out our previous post, 7 Ways Your Home Can Be Affected By Water Damage, to learn more about the water damage threats that exist.
Here are 5 things that you can do when your house is flooding:
- Safety first
: Safety is always the most important consideration when dealing with any water damage or flooding situation. There is no shortage of things that can do harm to you or a family member, so always proceed with caution, especially around electrical equipment.
- Identify the source of the water leak
: An important factor in stopping water from entering your home is to identify the source of your leak.
- Do what you can to minimize the damage
: Only if it is safe to do so, take action to minimize the damage. Remove items that have yet to be damaged or can be saved. Remember that most of the items that have been exposed to water damage are a loss because of contamination and sewage and other pollutants that are in the water.
- Call a water damage restoration professional
: One of your first calls should be to a water damage restoration professional to assist you with the cleanup. These professionals will be able to eliminate the water from your home and make sure there is no sign of damage going forward.
- Call your insurance company
: Call your insurance company immediately. They will be able to provide you with further instructions and start your claim right away. Keep track of everything that was damaged during the flood so you will be able to include it in your paper work.
If you experience a flood, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can be onsite within 2 hours of your car to help you with your situation.