Steps Homeowners Can Take to Prepare a Flooded Home for Water Extraction

flooded homeWhen there’s significant standing water after a flood or other inundation, it’s a matter for a qualified water damage recovery crew with the expertise and specialized equipment to do it safely. However, in the immediate aftermath, you can help mitigate long-term consequences by preparing for water extraction as soon as you arrange for professional intervention.

  • Turn off gas at the meter and electricity at the main electrical panel. If the source of water damage is a ruptured supply line, turn off the water to the house at the main shutoff valve.
  • Once it’s safe to enter flooded areas, remove as many loose floating objects as you can safely reach. Be aware that water-saturated items may be extremely heavy and hazardous to lift.
  • Go ahead and dispose of loose debris that’s ruined and can’t be salvaged.
  • Since flood water may contain biohazards and toxins, take measures to protect yourself from incidental contact by wearing goggles, gloves and breathing masks.
  • Stay aware of hazards such as sharp objects that may not be visible when reaching into standing water.
  • Outdoor trash and even live animals such as snakes may be swept into your home if the water damage is the result of localized storm flooding. Be alert to threats posed by these factors.
  • Don’t try to tackle heavy structural material such as wet drywall or sagging, saturated ceilings by yourself. Leave these to the professionals.

For more advice on preparing for water extraction to speed the recovery process, contact the water damage professionals at Rytech.

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