After learning that your home has been flooded you may not know what to. Although there will be a major recovery ahead, you stand a good chance of being able to save some of your prized possessions as well as your home. Use these five essential steps to minimize damage, speed up the recovery process and avoid making critical mistakes.
1. Contact Your Homeowners Insurance Adjuster Once everyone residing in your home is safe and accounted for you should reach out to your homeowner's insurance claims adjuster. Your adjuster can help you to secure emergency housing, financial resources, offer you expert advice and lend moral support when you need it most. Contacting your homeowner's insurance adjuster as soon as possible will also help you to receive the funds you will need for flood restoration recovery, to hire an electrical contractor and disaster clean-out, if needed.
2. Determine If It Is Safe To Enter Your Home It may be look safe to re-enter from the outside of your home but it is best to wait until you are given the green light by your insurance claims adjuster prior to entering. As a precaution, wear waterproof boots or waders and a face-mask to protect yourself from contaminants. Mold and water-born bacteria can grow quickly, especially in spaces that have been closed up.
3. Assess Flood Damage You will want to take pictures and document the damage in every room of your house in order to assist your homeowners insurance claims adjuster. Do not turn on any light switches or use any electrical appliances as there is a huge potential for electrical shock.
4. Begin Flood Water Restoration Process There will likely be many items that need to be discarded as a result of the flood damage. If the damage isn't too severe you can start the flood restoration process by isolating salvageable items from what is to be thrown away. Open all windows, use fans to help dry out your home and sump pumps to remove any remaining flood water.
5. Electricity Repair And Utility Service Restoration Electricity repair will almost certainly required after a home is flooded, even if you do not see physical evidence of damage to your electrical system. An electrician will be hired to inspect your home's wiring and possibly replace your electrical sockets, cabling, breaker box, light fixtures, and any other electrical component in your home. After the repairs are done, power can be safely restored to your home and you can begin the move-in process. For more information, contact companies like RDS Electric.