Four Things to Remember After Flood Damage in Your Home
Flooding poses serious property damage and personal safety issues. Make sure you are aware of these issues and act accordingly after a flood.
- Document the Full Extent of the Damage
You will be tempted to begin undoing the damage immediately, but don't. Make certain to photograph or video the full extent of the damage for your insurance company.
- Stay Out of the Flood Water
Floodwater can contain dangerous chemicals and even human waste. This may be 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.
- 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.
- Don't Postpone Cleanup
Once the damage has been documented and you have contacted 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 potentially 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 at 509-926-6140.