As a homeowner one of the most devastating catastrophes you can experience is a flood. Whether the cause was a burst pipe or heavy rains, the water invading your house isn’t only a hazard to your belongings, but it’s also a danger to your family and you. According to the CDC,”flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries.” Knowing what steps to take and when to take them is key to keeping everybody safe and to reducing the damage done to your house.
- Before you enter the flooded area, turn off the electricity. If you can’t reach the fuse box without walking through the affected area, call an electrician. Turning off the gas is also highly recommended.
- If the flood is caused by something other than a storm, find the source. For a burst pipe, turn-off the water at your home’s main shut-off valve. If it’s your washing machine or dishwasher, simply turn-off the water valve running to that particular appliance.
- Wearing protective gear as you traverse the flooded area is essential. Rubber boots or waders are a must. Gloves and a mask are also beneficial. Even if the water doesn’t appear murky, contaminates can still be present. Wearing the proper gear will keep you safe and healthy.
- Before draining the water and removing items from the flooded area, call a restoration professional. We document all the damages, from the moment we start until completion with pictures, moisture readings, diagrams, etc and then submit these pieces along with a detailed invoice on your behalf. This is what we do!
- Incorrectly drying the flooded area can lead to a multitude of problems, such as, structural issues and mold growth. According to the EPA, “mold may begin growing when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet.” Luckily, calling a Denver water damage specialist to extract the flood water and dry the affected area can ensure your home and your belongings don’t face further destruction.
Taking immediate action after a flood is essential to saving your home from additional damage. Once you’ve followed the listed safety precautions, calling a flood response team will guarantee the clean-up and restoration of your home is done properly. If you’re dealing with a flooded home, our family owned and run business is here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Based in the Denver area, “24/7 Flood Response” knows these steps and ensures that you can get back on your feet as soon as possible. We are timely, diligent, experienced, and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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