What To Do When Your Home Floods

May 16, 2017

If your home was flooded, and it was serious enough for you to leave, it is very important to be cautious upon returning

No matter how hard we try to prevent them, emergencies can still happen. So when your home is hit with a storm or a pipe breaks causing flooding, it’s important to be prepared. Although no two floods are the same, there are certain precautions you can take to ensure the safety of both your family and your home.

Avoid Additional Risks

If your home was flooded, and it was serious enough for you to leave, it is very important to be cautious upon returning to your home. Make sure you check for any visible signs of structural damage by looking for warping, loose or cracked elements of your foundation, cracks, or holes. If you suspect damage to gas, water, or sewage lines, contact your utility companies to report the damage.

In addition, make sure you come prepared with a working flashlight. Turn off all electrical and water sources inside your home, even if the power isn’t operational. This ensures that if the power is turned back on, you’re not at risk for mixing flood water and electricity.

Take Photos

Fully document all damage throughout your home by taking photos, and do this before removing water or making repairs. Having digital copies of your photos allows your insurance company to assess damage and ensures you’re properly covered.

Protect Your Health

Even though you may be concerned about getting your home in working order, make sure you take precautions to keep you and your family safe as well. The water in your home may be clear, but there is a chance it could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. If you want to enter a flooded portion of your home, it is recommended that you wear knee or waist-high waders, waterproof boots, and rubber gloves. Doing this will help you avoid contaminants in the water. FEMA also recommends boiling any water before use until authorities declare the water supply is safe to use again.

Call the Professionals

If you ever find yourself with a flooded basement due to a cracked pipe or broken plumbing, call the professionals at JTM Plumbing. Let us help you fix the problem and make it as good as new!

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