Wow. How about that rain? It’s hard to believe the rain that’s fallen on Texas over the last few weeks, and if you are like many homeowners in the area, some of that rain made it into your home. After flooding occurs, there are some steps you should take to assess the damage, the risk to your home and family, and what to do next. From www.floodsmart.gov, here’s a list of things you can do as soon as the water recedes, or as soon as you get the standing water removed from your home:
The Road to Recovery
As soon as floodwater levels have dropped, it’s time to start the recovery process. Here’s what you can do to begin restoring your home.
- If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim.
- Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse.
- Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property.
- Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.
- Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
- Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
- Prevent mold by removing wet contents immediately.
- Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried, and monitored for several days for any fungal growth and odors.