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Flood Damage: What to Do Now

A Flood is Rarely Expected

Floods often occur unexpectedly and can cause a great deal of water damage to your home and belongings as well as cause items in your home to grow mold or have a mildew odor. If your home is involved in a flood, you will want the water damage restoration process to begin quickly after the flood to repair water damage and get your home back to normal.

Hopefully, You Have Flood Insurance

Flood insurance can be a great tool is helping with disaster recovery efforts. If you have a flood insurance policy one of the first things, you will want to do it to contact the insurance company and see what types of restoration efforts are covered by your plan. In some cases, you may be able to hire someone to help you clean your home after a flood, as well as have several items that may have been suffered water damage replaced. You’ll want to record the damage with photographs and written details. The more information you save, the better.

Water Damage Is Not an Easy Do It Yourself (DIY) Job

Once you know how your flood insurance company intends to handle your claim, it’s time to start restoration efforts on your own. The best case is to hire a local
Austin water damage restoration service to extract the water and dry out your property. While waiting for them to arrive, try opening windows (during warmer months) to air out your home and start cleaning up any excess water that remains in your home by mopping or blotting water off of surfaces. You will want to get as much water out of your home as quickly as possible before items begin to mold or develop an unpleasant mildew odor. Pay particular attention to carpets and upholstered furniture. Cloth items, especially those stuffed, like couches and chairs. Those are natural places for water to get trapped, and then begin to develop an unpleasant odor that cannot be removed. Help preserve your furniture and carpeting by removing cushions for even more rapid drying, and blotting up as much of the water off of carpets and furniture as possible.

Turn Off The Electricity

I should have mentioned this as the first thing to do. Standing water and electricity are a dangerous combination. While cleaning up after a flood pay careful attention to any electronics that may have is exposed to the flood, and suffered water damage. Computer water damage, as well as water damage to other appliances, can make them unsafe to operate after being submerged in water. A flood, no matter how large, doesn’t have to be utterly devastating. After any flood, working quickly and intelligently can make a huge difference in the amount of water damage caused to your home from a flood, and how long you will spend in the restoration process.