The 24 hours after a flood can be hectic and scary. Many people want to begin to clean up their homes right away. However, there are a few steps to do before the cleanup process begins.
Avoid Potential Risks
If your home has been affected by an extreme flood to the point where you need to evacuate, make sure that it is safe before you try and re-enter. Check to see if there is any structural damage or cracks in the foundation. Also make sure to contact all utility companies to shut off water, gas, electric, and sewer lines before entering your home.
Document With Pictures
Before making repairs or removing anything from your home, document any damage that has occurred with pictures. This will help when it comes to showing your insurance company the damage and to file claims.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Notify your insurance company as soon as possible after a flood has happened. Give them all documentation and pictures, and let them know exactly which files you would like to claim.
Protect Your Health and Your Family
Any standing water in your home could have been contaminated by household chemicals or sewerage. When cleaning up, make sure to wear waterproof boots and gloves, and cover your entire body. Also be sure to throw out all food that has come in contact with water, as it could be contaminated.
Do not remove any water or belongings from your home until you get the go-ahead from your insurance company. Once they advise you that it’s okay to start removing water, use a sump-pump and wet vac to do so.
Mold can grow rapidly after a flood. Within 24-48 hours, you can begin to see mold growth. Make sure to remove all fabrics from your home, such as furniture, carpets, and bedding as soon as possible. If there is any mold growth in your home, most of it can be controlled with non-ammonia detergent.
Call Infinity Abatement
We are a fully licensed and certified company that offers mold removal, asbestos abatement, and demolition services. If you have encountered a flood and have developed mold, call us for quick and easy mold remediation. 978-994-8734