What NOT to Do After Flooding in Your Home

If flooding from any source inundates your home, numerous measures need to be taken without delay. The to-do list is extensive and can be, frankly, overwhelming. That’s where professional water damage remediation services play a critical role, arriving on-scene 24/7/365 fully prepared to take control of the situation with proven techniques and specialized equipment.

But what about the things you shouldn’t do? After a flood, several items on the don’t-do list are vital for safety and to minimize damage as well as help expedite recovery. Here are just four:

  • Don’t enter a flooded house with electrical power still connected. The risk of electrocution is high inside a wet, enclosed environment. Even if only a few rooms are affected by water, make sure power to those circuits is shut off at the main breaker panel. If the entire house is flooded—or if access to the breaker panel is unsafe due to presence of water—have a professional electrician disconnect power by removing the meter.
  • Don’t pump out a flooded basement too rapidly. After outdoor flooding, heavy, saturated soil exerts hydrostatic pressure against basement walls. The basement water level acts as a counteracting force to prevent wall cracking and even potential collapse. Water should be pumped out gradually, beginning with one foot per day until the water level stops rising in the basement, then two to three feet per day until the basement is dry.
  • Don’t postpone mold remediation. After widespread indoor water damage, toxic mold contamination is inevitable. Even as water is being extracted from the house and soaked items such as carpeting removed, the mold clock is ticking. The window of opportunity to prevent spread of active mold after contact with water is 48 hours, at most.  Preventive mold treatment must be concurrent with water damage remediation—not a separate, wait-and-see event.
  • Don’t forget to take photos. To ensure adequate compensation for insurance purposes, you need accurate photos of affected areas before substantial water damage remediation or repair takes place. Try to document all aspects of damage to the structure and belongings inside as soon as possible after re-entering the home.

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