What to Do After Flooding Occurs at Home | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews
There are types of water damage you can prevent. Clogged gutters, for example, can be nipped in the bud with occasional cleaning and debris removal.
But there are certain things you can’t see coming, and flooding is one of them. A major storm moves in and sits over your neighborhood for a while, and suddenly you’ve got waters rising in the basement or pouring in through the garage.
There are a few things you need to bear in mind when flooding occurs at home—things that could save you from injury and unnecessary damage. Let’s look at some important tips.
Think Safety First
Is it safe to stay in the house, or do you need to pack up and evacuate? If water is posing an immediate threat to you or your family, make the call and head out.
If water is encroaching into areas with electrical appliances, use extra care, or preferably, call a professional to help. Electrical accidents are among the most common dangers of flood management.
Watch your step and wear shoes fit for wading—you can easily injure yourself by slipping on intrusive water. Cleaning gear is also very important, especially if your flooding came from a storm or sewage backup.
If you’re moving items that have been soaked, use extra caution or ask for help. Water weight can greatly increase an item’s weight.
What to Do
Move wet items to a safe, dry place. Mop floors, safely remove electrical items and wipe excess water from wood furniture.
When it comes to carpet, you can prevent some further damage by removing any colored rugs, putting aluminum foil or wood shims under furniture legs and running your air conditioner to help dry things up.
For wet cushions and upholstery, move them to a dry place and prop them up on their sides to let gravity assist you with the drying process.
What NOT to Do
Don’t use household electrical appliances, and don’t try to use a standard vacuum to remove water. If water is in the ceiling, don’t use ceiling fans either.
Don’t leave wet fabrics to sit and soak. Hang them and let them drip-dry.
Don’t leave anything sitting on the carpet that may discolor it.
There are no shortage of things to do after a flood, and some of it may be more than you can handle. When flooding overtakes your life, contact us to handle the dirty work.