Floods are unexpected, incredibly destructive, traumatizing events for anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in the path of one. Flash floods can sweep across a landscape with little or no warning, causing enormous damage to life and property. The swath of destruction left behind is epic in scale, and homeowners returning to it no doubt wonder if any of it can ever be salvaged.
Well, it can, and the sooner the better. Flood restoration should ideally begin as soon as possible after the flood waters have receded. The longer the water is allowed to stand, the more damage it is going to do. Keep in mind that health hazards such as mold can appear within 48 hours of a flood event.
When returning to a flood damaged home, safety should be first on your mind. Check the home for stability. Floods can shift a home on its foundation, making it prone to collapse. In addition, gas and electricity should be shut off before re-entering. Electricity and water do not mix, and if gas is leaking, well, it only takes a spark to make a bad situation worse.
You should remove all loose items, furniture, and electrical appliances. These can be taken care of elsewhere. Appliances will need to be checked out by a qualified electrician before being used again.
Open all window and doors to get as much air circulating as possible. The excess water will need to be pumped out of the home, and then fans and blowers used to remove any residual moisture from surfaces and the surrounding air.
Do not attempt any subsequent repair efforts until all surfaces are completely dry.
For best results, contact your local IICRC certified water damage repair company.
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