07 April 2016

A Quick Guide to Preparing for a Home Flood

Flooding in the home can occur for many reasons. You may live next to a natural body of water that has overflowed. You may have leaks in the lower or upper regions of your house that are allowing rainwater in. Perhaps your dishwasher and laundry machine broke and released water everywhere. Maybe you even started running a bath but went for an ill-advised nap before turning the water off.

Whatever the cause, flooding is a serious issue. The presence of a flood in your home poses many dangers. The subsequent water damage is also much more of a severe issue than you may think. Here’s a quick guide containing some of the steps you will have to take before, during, and after.

BEFORE--

Look out for flood warnings--

If you live near a large body of water, then the chances are that there is a facility that allows you to observe the chances of overflow. Your city council may be able to assist you with getting this information if it is not immediately available around the water. Typically, high flood risk residential areas have very easy access to such information. General warnings about extreme weather is available to everyone online.


Consider flood insurance--

Flood insurance may not be included in your standard home insurance. Make sure you review your current insurance plans to see how you are covered for flood and water damage. If you live in a high flood risk area, this insurance may be very expensive. Some companies may even refuse to provide it to you.

DURING--

Locate all children and pets--

If there’s flooding in your home then you must make sure you gather children and pets. Make sure you know where they all are. Children and pets may be tempted to explore the waters, unaware of the dangers they pose. Consider housing them somewhere else temporarily, with a family member of a friendly neighbor.

Identify all areas with flooding--

If you have found a flood in one room and there’s another room underneath it, you will need to check that room below. Water may be dripping down into other rooms and causing water damage or electrical hazards. Take note of all the areas that have problems. Some rooms may need specific specialist attention. Basement flooding, for example, may require specialist wet basement solutions.


Protect yourself--

If you can avoid it, don’t go into the water yourself. If you have to, wear protective clothing. There could be floating hazards like sharp objects. There is also the risk of electrical currents.

AFTER--

Get a home inspection--

After water damage has taken place, your home will be at risk in several areas. The most alarming will be its basic structure. Water getting into the wooden structure will cause weakness and rot. This can cause severe issues later on if they break and collapse. You may also find your house infested with certain insects who love moist environments.


Find any mold and get rid of it immediately--

When your home becomes filled with moisture, it creates several probiotic areas in which bad bacteria can thrive. This creates mold. Mold can cause several severe health issues, like skin irritation and respiratory problems. Find any areas with mold and have it looked into as soon as possible.

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