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Four Things NOT to do After a Flood

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Flooding poses serious property damage and personal safety issues. Make sure you are aware of these issues and act accordingly after a flood.

  1. Document the Full Extent of the Damage

You will be tempted to begin undoing the damage immediately, but don't. Make certain you photograph or video the full extent of the damage for your insurance company.

  1. Stay Out of the Flood Water

Floodwater can contain dangerous chemicals and even human waste. This is dangerous to your health. If you must get into the water make certain you have waterproof boots or hip waders, waterproof gloves, and other safety equipment.

  1. Don't Mess with Electrical Power

You are taking a significant safety risk if you attempt to shut off power in a flooded home or office. Your best option is to trust this to a professional.

  1. Postponing Cleanup

Once the damage has been documented you have contact your flood insurance provider, you should begin cleanup immediately. If you have not already done so, this would be a great time to call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.  They will come quickly to your flooded home or office and can begin immediate cleanup. Leaving standing water or mud and debris can make the damage worse and can lead to the development of dangerous mold.

Avoiding these common problems will speed up the restoration process and will help you as a homeowner to effectively deal with the problems presented when you experience flooding in your home. Don't forget that you have trusted team members in this process when you call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley to help you. Call them anytime 24/7.

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