Did you just come home to discover your home is flooded from a broken pipe or the washing machine over flooded? You may be looking for answers and what to do in this situation. First, it is important to act fast. Unless you have water extraction equipment and structural dryers on hand, contact an emergency water restoration service. We can help recover your home after a flood. However, there is a lot you can do to prepare your home for flood damage restoration services. Following are a few steps you can take while waiting for help. American Hometown Services will share what to do when you come home to a flooded house.
What to Do After a Flood Occurs in Your Home
Safety First After a Flood: First you want to make sure the area that was flooded is safe. As many know, electricity and water is not a good combination. You may want to turn off power to the area that is flooded. Unplug all electronic devices and remove them from the room, especially power strips that may be on the floor. Once the room is free of electrical hazards, restore the power. Hopefully you can turn on the ceiling fans and wall lights. With lights on and electrical hazards removed, you can begin working on the next step.
Dry out the Water Damaged Room: Next you will want to air out the room or the area the best you can. Open all windows if present. If you have any portable fans that can be safely, turn them on in the affected area. If you have ceiling fans they too can help air out the room.
Remove Couches & Furniture After a Flood: You’ll want to have good air circulation to help ensure you do not breathe in any unknown particles produced in the water. Again, with no electrical hazards present and the room is safe to work in, take furniture and other items out of the affected area. If items have gotten wet, make sure they are placed in an open area to dry. The patio is a good place. Fabric and other similar materials will need to be treated for mold. All items affected by water should be placed in an area where they can be treated. Other items that were not affected should be stored in a dry and safe place. Curtains, rugs and other smaller linens can be washed in a washing machine, which will kill any bacteria or mold that may be inside.
Leave Lights On After Water Damage Emergency: Many people don’t know that sunlight and the lights in your home can prevent or slow down mold development. During a flood mold is one of the biggest concerns and one of the hardest to treat or kill. A water restoration service will focus on drying out and treating the room for mold. By leaving the lights on it can help prevent mold development.
Water Damage Restoration: Most flood restoration services will arrive very quickly, at times within minutes of the call. They will begin extracting the water and will use industrial dryers and dehumidifiers to begin drying out the affected area or room. Depending on how severe the flooding was, some structural replacements may be needed, such as drywall and even flooring. With the professional flood restoration crew there they can help walk you through the damages and tell you what is needed to fully restore your home.
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If you have come home to a flooded mess and need help recovering your home after a flood, contact American Hometown Services. We provide a number of services including flood damage restoration and home remodeling. To schedule our services, contact American Hometown Services today.