Floods can cause all sorts of problems in your home, and it’s natural to worry about how you’re going to fix them. The good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to restore your home in the event of a flood.
1) Assess the damage
Look around the flooded areas in your home and make a note of any damage. This includes things like carpets and floorboards, as well as the walls and the furniture. Be sure to do a thorough check, as it’s easy for water to get stuck in kitchen drawers or behind shelves.
2) Clear out any standing water
Flood water is a breeding ground for bacteria, so it’s important to remove it from your home as quickly as possible. Empty out the drawers and open up the cupboards – anywhere that water could get into needs to be checked for standing water as a priority.
3) Remove any debris from your home
It’s likely that the flood will have washed in debris from outside, which should be removed along with the standing water. This is because debris is also likely to carry bacteria, and broken objects may have sharp edges, so it’s best to get it out as soon as you can.
4) Contact your insurance company
Once you’ve made a note of the damage, it’s time to call your insurance company and explain the situation to them. You’ll probably need to send them photos and a list of everything affected by the flood so that they have a full picture of the damage.
5) Call a flood restoration service
Now is the time to contact a flood restoration service so that they can get to work on restoring your home. Getting professionals in to do flood restoration work is the best way to ensure there is no hidden moisture left behind – which is important, as hidden moisture can cause damage to your home long after the water has dried up and the rest of the house is clean. The sooner you call a flood restoration service, the better chance that your possessions can be dried out and saved.
When it comes to restoring your home after a flood, Carpets and Critters are here to help. Our flood restoration services are available 24/7, so if you’ve recently experienced a flood, get in touch with us. Give us a call or send us an email to find out more, or to book a flood restoration service.