If you live in an area where water-related disasters are common, such as floods and hurricanes, it’s very important to make sure that you know how to deal with minimizing the water damage to your home after something like that occurs.
If you don’t know how to do this ahead of time, it could end up costing you a ton of money after it’s all over and by then, it’s too late to do anything about it: the damage is already done.
These can be difficult events to prepare for since they often happen without much warning, but the good thing is that most of the time, your belongings can be salvaged even after the worst.
When going back to your home, you need to wait until the water has receded to the point that it’s safe to even go back to your neighborhood first. You shouldn’t ever go back to a location if the water is still flooding the roads. Wait until it’s gone first. The first step is to call you local water damage expert. Always call in professionals if you are insured and put the pro’s to work for you.
Believe me, it’s cheaper in the long run to use your local professionals. A quick search in google returns results for them with simple searches such as water damage restoration, Tampa for the people who live in Tampa Florida, just change your city and state and you will get a list of qualified contractors that are ready to serve you.
After this happens, you can start by making sure there aren’t any downed power lines around your home. Even a trained electrician can’t tell the difference between a downed line that is live and one that isn’t, so if you see one you need to call your local electric company immediately to have them come and deal with it.
Don’t try to go to your home if you have to get near one of these downed lines to do it; just because your neighbors don’t have electricity doesn’t mean that your home doesn’t and you could electrocute yourself trying to go in.
Once you’re sure there are no live downed lines, entering your home is still somewhat risky. The power to the home should be cut off before you go in to make sure you can get things dried out. You don’t want to be stepping in standing water and your home have faulty electrical lines; you could very well die.
The next thing that you need to do is make sure that you have on hand a video camera, whether it’s a traditional type or a cell phone. When you re-enter your house for the first time, video the entire thing from start to finish.
You want to do this upon your first re-entry so nothing in the home has been moved or tampered with; you don’t want to move anything or remove anything from the house before you make this video for the purpose of proving your insurance claim. If anything looks tampered with, your claim may be denied.
Don’t even bother trying to turn on any electronics before they’re dried out, because you’ll fry them.
Anything in the house that’s wet, from carpet to furniture, needs to be removed and taken outside to dry. You preferably want to do this in the shade, because the sun can bleach different items.Read More