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Flooding on your property can occur for many reasons: burst pipes, your sewer backing up, failed sump pump, or heavy rains. No matter what caused the flooding, dealing with a flood and water clean-up is stressful. Knowing what you can do on your own after a flood and when you should call a flood restoration company is very important.
Immediately following a flood, take precautions. If at any point you feel it may be unsafe, call a water damage restoration company. Shut off your gas and electricity instantly; as we all know, water and electricity do not go together.
Before entering the flood zone, be sure to wear protective gear such as rubber boots, protective eyewear, and a face mask. In addition to dressing accordingly, check the outside of your home for potential structural damage before going in. If there is excessive water, your home's foundation could be compromised, making it unsafe to enter. In this situation, it is best to call a property damage restoration company.
Once you have determined if it's safe to enter, document the damage in your home from the flood. Take videos and photos that you can present to your insurance company before touching anything. Remember to keep any receipts for expenses incurred as a result of the flood. Next, remove standing water and soaked and contaminated materials, such as carpets. If there is any mud or silt, get it out before it dries.
Floors are one of the first areas affected by a flood. To try and preserve them, remove any carpet, hardwood, or laminate and get to the subfloor as quickly as possible. Once you have the subfloor exposed, begin drying them with high-pressure fans.
Walls also see a ton of damage during a flood; there is a risk of mould growing and a need to call a mould restoration specialist. Be sure to remove any baseboard trim, damp insulation, and drywall one foot above the water level. Again, begin drying out the walls.
Basements are the most likely to flood because they sit below ground level. Water from the flood must be pumped out slowly to avoid structural damage. It is strongly recommended you call a water restoration company to deal with basement flooding. No matter where the damage is in your home, open windows to help ventilate and use a dehumidifier to help suck some of the moisture from the air.
When any disaster happens, health is the number one concern. Be aware that you don't always know what the water was in contact with before reaching your house. For example, contaminants from farmyards, manure, garbage, or septic tanks, can make you very sick if consumed. If you get your water from the city, wait for them to inform you it's safe to drink before doing so. If you have a private well, hire a professional to run extra tests to ensure the water is safe.
In the end, flooding is a crisis no one should have to deal with, and in most cases, it's best to call a company with specialized services to deal with it.
Proserve DKI specializes in water damage restoration in the Fort McMurray area. If you need a professional, contact us today.