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July 11, 2024

6 things to do if your house is flooded

6 things to do if your house is flooded

Here are six essential steps to take if your house is flooded

The rainy season has set in properly, bringing with it signific flooding that has affected various parts of the country. The relentless downpours have led to widespread disruption, rendering many businesses and homes vulnerable.

Experiencing a flood in your home can be overwhelming and devastating. However, taking immediate and strategic actions can help minimize damage and ensure the safety of your family.

Here are six essential steps to take if your house is flooded, guiding you through this challenging time with practical advice and solutions:

1. Turn off the electricity

Turn off all electrical systems in your home—but don’t walk through water to get to the fuse box. If you can’t reach the fuse box without stepping through water, call an electrician.

2. Evacuate the premises

Evacuate the premises and find a dry, safe spot outside of your home. It may be as close as the backyard or as far as the home of a neighbor or friend. Make sure that everyone—kids, pets, friends who may have been at the house—is accounted for and unhurt.

You could also locate a temporary shelter, either by asking authorities or listening to the local news. Get everyone relocated to the shelter as soon as possible.

3. Call for help

Once your family members—both two-legged and four-legged—are on dry ground, call for help. If anyone needs medical attention, call the health emergency line. No matter what’s going on with the flooded house, the damage has already been done, and your focus simply must be on you and your loved ones’ well-being. After you’ve verified that everyone is safe and well, you can make calls to the proper parties to get the recovery process underway

4. Document everything

When thinking about what to do if your house floods, the first thing that probably comes to mind is cleaning up the mess. But before you do, document everything so you can show your insurer the extent of the damage – that is, if your house is insured. Use your cellphone camera to film or photograph all aspects of the issue.

The water that’s flooding your home may include sewage or other hazardous material, so you need to take extreme precautions to not touch it. Before going into the home, suit up with appropriate protective gear, such as waders and waterproof boots.

5. Start the cleanup process

Cleaning up after a flood is a long, arduous process. You’ll need to remove the water, salvage any personal items you can, dry the space out, and disinfect any areas or objects the water touched. And, as in the previous step, you’ll need to undertake these tasks while wearing proper safety gear to avoid contact with bacteria.

6. Prevent mold damage

Aside from the immediate loss of personal property to water damage, there is secondary damage to consider. Mold is a huge problem after a flood—and not just the type of mold that you might find in a damp basement. Toxic mold or black mold can have long-term effects on your health.

To avoid mold issues, you’ll need to do two things: keep areas that flooded as dry as possible and treat potential problem areas with a strong cleaner, like a bleach solution.You could also read on some helpful instructions on dealing with mold and mildew after your home floods.

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