The aftermath of a home flood can be overwhelming, but with adequate preparation, you’ll be able to remain calm and act proactively.
No one ever imagines their home will encounter flooding, but flash floods can develop in minutes. Because of their unpredictability, you must understand how to prepare your home for this situation.
Continue reading to learn more about handling the effects of a home flood before, during, and after the incident.
Do: Be Prepared
Floods can happen without warning, so preparation is your best defense against their damaging effects. Here are a few tasks to prioritize when it comes to home flood preparation:
- Know your risk for floods
- Purchase adequate flood insurance
- Gather emergency supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, water, and first-aid gear
- Listen to your local news station for updates about potential flooding situations
- Have immunization records handy
- Store important documents in a waterproof container
- Locate the main water valve to your house so you can find it easily during an emergency
Don’t: Drink Flood Water
The potential risk of water-borne and vector-borne diseases significantly increases after flooding. To combat this, drink only clean, bottled water or water that has been boiled for 10 minutes. Throw out any food or drinks that have come in contact with floodwater.
Do: Stop the Water at Its Source
If the flood is due to a water source, turn it off or seal it up. If you can’t figure out where the source originates, turn off the main water valve to your house. After the source has been stopped, take a moment to shut off your utilities. This includes all electrical systems in your home, such as gas valves and your main fuse box.
Do: Evacuate the Premises and Call for Help
Evacuate the premises as quickly as possible if a sewage leak or a burst pipe is the issue. If you must enter the flood zone for any reason, exercise extreme caution. Drowning is an incredible risk that accounts for 75% of deaths in flood disasters.
Once everyone is on dry ground, call for help. Call 911 first if anyone needs medical attention. After everyone is safe and well, you can contact your landlord, insurer, plumber, first responders, water cleanup company, or any other necessary party.
Don’t: Clean Up Before Documenting Everything
You’ll probably be eager to start cleaning up the mess; however, it’s important that you take the time to document everything first. Take pictures or videos that show the extent of the damage. Be sure to take extreme precautions to avoid touching any hazardous material.
Do: Hire a Professional for Cleanup
When you speak with your insurer, clarify whether you need to wait for an adjuster before starting the cleanup and repair process. Once you have their approval, hire a professional cleanup and restoration company to restore your home to working order.
Western Disaster Clean Up Is Here for You
If you’re the victim of a home flood, Western Disaster is here to help. We’ve handled thousands of floods, and we’re confident in our knowledge and skills to restore your home entirely.
Contact us today to arrange immediate assessment and cleanup. We are available 24/7 for emergency services. Our office is located in Orem, Utah, and we proudly serve the surrounding areas, including Salt Lake City, South Jordan, Lehi, Heber, Spanish Fork, Nephi, and more!