Dealing With The Downpour of Flood Damage
When a flood damages a home, there are certain things that the people that live there need to do. They need to contact the insurance company and get the okay to remove the water from the home. Then they need to get a wet vac and a sump pump to get the water out of the home. Be careful when transporting water because it is very heavy and it is easy for a person to get hurt while transporting it. As long as no more water will get in the home, it is a good idea to open doors and windows.
To help control mold, take out wet items like bedding and carpets out of the home. It may be able to be restored if it is has been soaked for forty-eight hours or less. It needs to be determined if it has enough sentimental value to save and the insurance company needs to be contacted to ensure that they are not affecting coverage. Pictures also need to be taken of the items that were damaged in the flood. Any rugs and carpets that can be saved need to be professionally cleaned which can be expensive. Large pieces of furniture that are soaked will more than likely not dry all the way and should be thrown out.
As the person who lives in the home, it is your responsibility to secure the home to make sure no additional damage is done. Put boards over broken windows and put a tarp over the roof if it is damaged. Also, take pictures of this to show the insurance company that you have done everything that you can to protect the home. If the home is able to be lived in, take precautions to make sure that you and your family are safe. If the home is not in good enough condition to stay in, find another place to stay or go to a shelter. Ask the insurance company what types of temporary housing they will cover.