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What to do After a Flood: 6 Important Steps

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May 13, 2015

Recovering from a flood can be a traumatic, drawn-out event. All 50 states in the US have experienced flooding in the past five years; therefore, it’s important to know how to properly recover from a flood in the event that your property is next.    

Whether the flooding was caused by rainwater, ground water, or even a water system malfunction, following these six important steps will ensure you’ll be back in your home as safely and as quickly as possible.

Step 1

 The first and perhaps most important step in flood recovery is to not return to your home until it is absolutely safe. Follow local news, listen to NOAA Weather Radio, check with local authorities and do not go back to your home or any other disaster area until advised by public officials.

Step 2

 Monitor your home to ensure safety. Inspect your house for buckled walls or floors and avoid dangerous debris. Do not use any appliances, including heating, pressure or sewage systems, until a qualified electrician has assessed the damage and confirms it is safe to resume use of these. 

Step 3

 Avoid wading through standing, post-flood waters. Floodwater is typically contaminated and can cause illnesses, infections, and other hazardous sicknesses. If you’re going to be in or around flood-damaged areas, consider getting a vaccination against hepatitis A and malaria. A tetanus-booster shot is also recommended for further preventative measures.

Step 4

 Use extreme caution when cleaning up after a flood. Before beginning the process, ensure you have the following equipment to guarantee safety:

·         Gloves
·         Masks
·         Boots
·         Mops, buckets and sponges
·         Garbage bags
·         Detergent and other cleaning supplies
 
If you’ll be working in a dark, damp space, consider using a waterproof headlamp and wearing protective eyewear.

Step 5

 Have the right equipment for the job. Thanks to adequate insurance coverage, you’ll have the funds required for all the necessary equipment. To ensure proper recovery, you’ll likely need tools like sump pumps, wet vacuums, carbon monoxide sensors, dehumidifiers, fans, heaters, extension cords, etc.

Step 6

 Don’t hesitate to ask for professional help. Take pictures of your home’s damage for insurance claims and discuss with your agent options for getting professional help. Make sure a qualified professional turns on any gas or electrical systems and, if applicable, have your well water pumped out and tested before you resume drinking from it. 

Get Flood Insurance Today

 With proper flood insurance, recovering from a flood isn’t the disaster it could be. At Bradenton Insurance, you can rest easy knowing your home is covered through one of the oldest and most reliable insurance agencies on Florida’s West Coast. Call or click today, and get quality flood protection for your home. 

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