Recovering From a Flood With a Safety-Focused Approach | SERVPRO® of East San Antonio
Finding out that your home has been impacted in a flood can be a devastating experience, and many homeowners will want to rush to recover from the damage and restore their lives to normal.
Taking quick action after a flood is the general recommendation as it can lessen the severity of the overall damage, but as you work to recover, it is necessary to keep safety in mind as well. Taking a safety-first approach to recovery is always advised to mitigate injury or further damages.
Remembering Safety and Recovering From a Flood
Avoid further safety hazards. Being adamant about returning home quickly is common following a flood, but you should also wait until you are authorized to do so by your local officials. There are many hidden hazards that can be a risk during the aftermath of a flood—electrical hazards and contamination are all things that officials will need to inspect before it is safe to return to your property.
Air out the home. Mold growth begins extremely quickly after water damage is introduced, which can make the air in your home dangerous to breathe. While airing out the home will not prevent mold from growing, it can lessen the hazardous health impact it can have. Open windows and doors as soon as possible after entering the home, and consider letting the house air out for a bit before beginning recovery work to increase the fresh air available.
Document the damages. It is a common reaction to immediately begin removing damaged items after a flood, but having photographs of the damages will help you with your insurance claims and categorizing the overall losses from the flood. If you have not purchased flood insurance, your coverage may be limited, but you may still be eligible to file a claim and recuperate some of the damages.
Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. Alerting your insurance company and restoration company regarding the damages right away can help you start the restoration process in earnest. Your insurance provider will be able to advise you on next steps, and your restoration company can begin removing moisture from the air and assessing the damage to create a long-term plan of action. Considering that water damage worsens the longer it sits, making these calls quickly is key to start mitigating damage effectively.
If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 24⁄7 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion