Four Steps to Take in the Aftermath of a Flood

A flood is one of the most devastating disasters you could face as either a home or business owner. Flooding can happen incredibly quickly and deal with an immense amount of damage to just about everything in its path. To make matters worse, flooding often results in water seeping down into the foundation that your property sits on, and could lead to problems that are incredibly difficult to resolve such as sinking, shifting, or bowing. Thus, when you have a flood on your hands, you need to react quickly.

Floods can happen through a wide variety of causes, and you need to take them seriously regardless of how yours came about. On this blog, our professional flood damage remediation experts offer some helpful advice that you should keep in mind: a simple four-step process you should follow in the immediate aftermath of a flood that can help you get back on your feet quickly and potentially stop some of the most serious flood damage consequences from happening.

Step 1: Shut Off Your Utility Connections

The first thing you should do when your home has sustained serious flood damage is shut off your water, gas, and electrical connections. If your flood occurred as a result of plumbing damage, such as a burst pipe, then shutting off your water can actually stop the flood from getting worse. Shutting off your electricity will prevent any accidental injuries from water getting into electrical equipment, which could create a dangerous short circuit. Finally, shutting off your gas is vital because flooding water could put pressure on gas lines, causing them to bend. When they bend or shift, they could begin to leak themselves, and a gas leak could be extremely dangerous and even fatal. Know where these shutoff valves are located and be able to access them and turn them off quickly when your home or business begins to flood.

Step 2: Secure Your Most Valuable Belongings

Sure your television might be extremely valuable, but these aren’t the type of valuable belongings we’re talking about. When we say grab your most valuable belongings, we understand that you won’t have a lot of extra time to react. Thus, you need to limit what you’re grabbing to only a few select extremely important things:

  • Important documentation, including property titles, house deeds, and even titles for your vehicles. These are extremely important documents for proving ownership over your most valuable and integral possessions, so you’ll want to make sure they are safe. It’s best to keep these things in a lockbox that’s both fireproof and waterproof.
  • Anything small that can’t be replaced. This includes things with tremendous sentimental value, boxes of old photographs, and things that cannot be repaired or restored should they be damaged as a result of severe flood damage.
  • Emergency supplies, including rations of food and drinkable water, a first-aid kit, flashlight with spare batteries, cell phone chargers, and anything else that you might need to get by in a pinch. We also strongly advise packing your emergency kit with a change of clothes for everyone because you never know what you might lose or how long you might be out.

Step 3: Assess Damages & Call Your Home Insurance Company

During a flood, it’s imperative that you leave your property as soon as possible in order to get to safety. In the aftermath of a flood, when it’s safe to return to your home, call your insurance company and report the damage to file a claim. Insurance companies often require you to report damage as soon as possible, and doing so will keep your claim on the fastest track possible. When you do call to report your damage, make a list of the things you have lost in your flood, or things that have suffered serious damage that will need to be addressed. Be thorough and keep several copies of this list if you can. If you were able to save them, be sure to include receipts or documentation to show value.

Step 4: Call for Professional Flood Damage Restoration Help

Finally, one of the secrets to restoring flood damage faster is to start dealing with the problem right away. If you leave water from a flood sitting around, it will cause issues to get worse. Drywall will continue to rot, wood will continue to warp, and mold and mildew can take root, sprout, and spread quickly. When these problems get out of hand, the restoration process can take ages and be extremely labor-intensive. However, if you get on these issues right away, you may be able to salvage and save parts of your home or business that would otherwise be lost.

A professional flood damage remediation team will often come to you right away to get started when you call. That means they’ll come in with professional equipment, tools, and materials needed to start attacking your flood damage right away. This means your property will go back to normal faster and you’ll be able to save more than you would have trying to handle the issue on your own.

Have you suffered flood damage? Get help from FP Property Restoration today! Contact us by dialing (888) 408-2335 and we’ll come to you as soon as possible.