When a flood hits your home it can be one of the most devastating things that can happen to you. A heavy rain storm can cause water to back up in the city drainage systems and cause the streets to flood and in turn can cause water to get into a home. Another way that you can have flood damage is if you have a water heater malfunction or a broken pipe and flood your home as well. It’s hard to know where to start when you have a flood and it is especially hard when it is city wide and the help is stretched thin. Here are a few things that you can start with when waiting for help to come.
When Flooded, Take Immediate Action
Hurry! If your home or office is safe to enter, the best thing that you can do to save some of your personal belongings is to hurry as quickly as you can and pick them up. Set up an area on a table or other dry surface that you can set your things that can possibly be saved. You also want to take this time to unplug any electronics just in case the power surges. If the flooding is bad enough you can pull up the carpet and padding to help keep the ground dried out.
Emergency Water Extraction
Start getting rid of water. You can take some time to get rid of the water that is just standing in the house. Sometimes when a flood happens the power can also go out. This means that using fans and electric water removing equipment is out of the question. You can start with buckets, water and a broom to push the water out.
Fast Drying to Help Prevent Mold
Start Drying. When you have a flood that affects your home and property the faster the items get dry the better. Some of the problems with water and not drying it out fast enough is that it can start to develop mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can be hazardous to people’s health and can be very hard to get rid of.
Professional Water and Flood Damage Repair and Restoration
After you have gotten the area ready and removed your personal things that can be saved you can call in a professional that can help dry out the area. They can help decide what areas are damaged too much and need to be removed. American Home Services offers the complete water damage restoration package: quick water extraction, use of industrial fans, carpet and floor cleaning, carpet deodorizing, mold and mildew remediation as well whatever repairs and restoration is needed.