It can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. A pipe bursts or Mother Nature throws a fit outside and the next thing you know your home, your sanctuary, is flooded with water. The flood gets in EVERYWHERE. You don’t what to do, or who to turn to.
We hope this never happens to you, but if it does don’t hesitate to call us! Boydco Plumbing would be glad to assist you in fixing up your home in the aftermath of a flood and getting it nice and dry again. If you’re wondering what steps you should take after a flood, read this primer so you know how to keep yourself afloat in case the worst happens.
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Dealing with a flood can be overwhelming. The damage it can do to your home and surrounding properties can be extensive. You should do what you can to minimize the damage and clean your home, but be realistic: This is too much to handle for one person. You will want to get professional help to inspect your home, take note of problem areas and pipes that need to be fixed and make sure that you aren’t still at risk of being flooded. Our Boydco plumbers have the experience and skills needed to handle situations like these.
One thing you can do to make things easier is to take pictures. Take photos of all the damage done to your home. Walk through and pay attention to anything that looks out of place, anything that seems broken or warped and any areas that smell strange. Mark these places so you can let your professional know where to start. It’s also helpful to do this for insurance purposes: After a flood, you should call us and your insurance company before you call anybody else. Those pictures you take will make it easier to file a claim with your insurance.
No surprise shocks
Water and electricity go together as well as snakes and mongooses. For your own safety and for the safety of anyone who comes to work on your home, make sure that you turn off the electricity. Refrain from turning on any switches or using any of your power until it’s safe to do so.
If the flooding was the result of a natural disaster, check outside for downed power lines. If you see any, notify the electric company immediately. If the flooding in your home got into room with exposed electrical wiring or outlets, do not touch or step in the water and avoid those rooms if at possible.
Drain and strain
If it’s safe to do so, take out any remaining water that’s inside your home. You can use a water vacuum for smaller floods, but if the flood was large enough to affect your entire home you’ll need to get some professional backup to handle it. Take out any furniture that was water damaged and clean and air dry them outside. Wet furniture that isn’t cleaned could develop mold, which could create health complications and turn your house into a hazardous environment.
Don’t forget to include your curtains and carpets. If they were hit by the water, strain them outside and let them dry. Once you’ve removed your carpets, open up your doors and windows and air dry your wet floors. With the carpet gone, this will also give you a chance to inspect the baseboards and make sure that they weren’t damaged. Wet flooring can also create mold and can threaten the structural integrity of your home.
The golden rule is: If it got wet in your house and it’s safe to remove, take it outside and dry it. In a situation like this, it’s best to be thorough and check everything. Overlooking something could cost you financially and health-wise down the road. And if you find something wet that you’re not all that attached to, you are better off just throwing it out to save time and energy.
Check for contamination
Did the flood bring in mud or debris from outside? Did the flood break your sewer main, causing sewage to leak into your home? If you see signs of mud or dirt, you’ll need to shovel it out and clean your floors. Flood water and mud can be a breeding ground for disease and other environmental hazards, so you don’t want to let any of it linger in your home.
If any sewage got into your home, isolate and contain it. It could be very hazardous, so you’re better off getting a professional to dispose of it. Let your plumber know so they can inspect your piping and sewer main.
Check your ventilation
Make sure there’s no water trapped in your ventilation. Any water that gets in there can wreck havoc on your heating and cooling systems. It could also cause mold to breed in your ventilation and insulation, which could have a tremendously damaging influence on your health.
Once everything in your house is dry, deodorize your house before you bring your furniture back in. Once the furniture and carpeting is back in, deodorize them as well. You’re not just deodorizing your home for the sake of your nose: A key warning that you still have unresolved issues with your flooded home is strange smells. If things in your home still smell after deodorizing it, there’s a good chance that there are pockets of flood water trapped and getting stagnant in your house.
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Trying to get your head above water after a flood? Do you have a leak that’s out of control? Call Boydco Plumbing to get your home inspected and under control. We can be reached at 602-335-0323.