Whether the flood is caused by falling water, ground water or home water system malfunction, there are some basic rules which you need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to ensure safety of your home.
Avoid Additional Risks
You should check for any visible structural damage, such as loosened or cracked foundation elements, warping, wall cracks, and holes before entering the home. Contact the utility company which serve water damage restorations if you suspect damage to floors, carpets, and sewer lines. Also do not forget to check if there is any open electrical wire. In such case, it is recommended to hire professionals who can fix the problems.
In addition, it is important to have a powerful flashlight and turn off all the electrical appliances. Even if the power is not operational, it is a good idea to carefully go to your fuse box and turn off the main switch. Also, you should take off the individual fuse connections from each room. This way, if the power is reactivated anyhow, you can avert situations of electrocution. Keep this in mind, do not mix electricity with water.
Once you determine it is safe to land on water, it is time to remove the water. Use a pump to pull out all the water from your room. However, if you are frightened of pests, it is a smart choice to call the professionals. You are not actually risking their lives, but treating the flooded room in a smart way. Water damage restorers are professionals and thus, they know what to do in an emergency situation. Apart from mere pests, you can also get affected if there is any damage or crack on the floor. Open doors and windows to allow fresh air and light to come in. Letting in light can help you to see the rooms properly.
Securing the Property
As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to secure the property so that no other additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows as a protection. And look out if the roof has been damaged. Again, it is suggested to call the professionals even if the water level has gone down.
If the home is habitable, take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe from injuries. Consult with a professional team to ensure safe water removal process.