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Floods can be caused by many things. Severe weather, a sudden downpour of rain, appliance malfunction, and broken pipes can all cause flooding in a home or business. The worse thing you can do when it comes to flood damage is not be prepared. Being prepared means knowing the right steps to talk after a flood has happened. If flooding has occurred, you definitely want to contact certified & insured professionals that can successfully remove the water and restore your property – but there are steps you can take before they arrive.
Stay Out Of The Damage
There are many safety risks that need to be taken into consideration after a flood. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns that you should check for any visible structural damage before entering a flood-damaged property and contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, and sewer lines. Don’t try to turn off any type of gas or electricity unless y0u know what y0u are doing. It is best to let professional electricians and gas workers take care of turning on/off lines.
Document With Photographs
Your insurance agency is going to want documentation of the damage. Not only will they require statements and other paperwork, but pictures and video can go a long way. Digital versions of photographs help because they are easy to store, copy and transfer. Be sure to document with photos and videos before you start the repair process or remove the water or you could minimize your coverage.
Take Necessary Safety Precautions
Flood water isn’t always clean water. Water damage is assessed in categories that declare what type of water has damaged the property. Floods can contaminate properties with sewage, chemicals, and other hazardous material. If you are near the damaged area, wear proper protective equipment like waders, gloves, and boots to keep the water off of your skin. Don’t drink water from taps or hoses connected to the property in case of contamination. Wait until authorities have declared the drinking water safe. FEMA recommends boiling water to drink until y0u are positive it is not contaminated.
Are You In A Disaster Zone?
Depending on what caused the flood, y0u could have many resources available to you. If the flood is caused by a natural disaster, y0u may be in a declared “disaster area” and offered financial assistance and public services. Contact FEMA directly to find out about resources that may be available to you.Check For Mold Growth Don’t forget that when flooding happens, mold often accompanies the water. The longer the water sits in an area, the more likely mold is to grow. If water is being extracted and dried, be sure to have the area tested and inspected for mold so that a small problem doesn’t turn into a much bigger, more expensive one.The flood damage to your property may require a professional water damage restoration team. In Indianapolis, Total Restoration works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency water extraction and restoration to both residential and commercial properties. If a flood has damaged your property, save yourself time and money and contact a professional team that has the equipment and expertise needed to successfully remediate your property.