After the Flood: Crucial Steps for Treating a Flooded Home

The post-flood restoration steps you take after a damaging water inundation have a big impact on how quickly you get your life back. Floods are unplanned events, and no amount of preparation can completely eliminate the unnerving experience of seeing standing water inside your home. Once the worst is over, however, it’s time to gather your wits and focus on priorities for recovery. Here are some important tips for the critical post-flood restoration period.

Source: vicnt via iStock

Source: vicnt via iStock

Call The Insurance Company

Get official documentation and establish a paper trail, ASAP. Don’t make any changes to the condition of the home or contents until the insurer has issued specific instructions regarding your next steps. To document the extent of damage, take photos and videos now, before any restoration efforts.

Get Professionals Involved

You may be facing water damage beyond the scope of the average homeowner’s experience. Professional water damage restoration services deal with these issues every day. They have the expertise and technology to safely extract water and dry the premises while salvaging as many possessions as possible. The sooner the experts are on the scene, the better.

Mold Remediation: Don’t DIY

Most people can’t tell toxic mold from common mildew at a glance. Most people still believe household bleach is the best mold disinfectant—even though the EPA and OSHA no longer recommend it. The list of mold misconceptions goes on. Don’t base the long-term health of your indoor environment on folklore and amateur methods. Hire a mold remediation expert to sample the air for spores, detect mold’s hiding places, test specimens to confirm the type, and utilize EPA-approved biocides to permanently neutralize active mold.

For advice and professional service to handle the challenges of post-flood restoration, contact Rytech, Inc. 

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