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Here Are The Steps To Take If You Have A Flooded House

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Features, How to, Variety

Damage Control And Enabling Recovery
When you’re dealing with a house or other property that’s flooded, the level of damage you sustain will depend on a number of factors. Primarily, what sort of insurance do you have? It’s worth having flood insurance even if you live in a desert, because an underground water line could break and flood the basement.

Regardless of your insurance status presently, the faster you act when a flood occurs, the better. Following we’ll go over a brief step-by-step guide of the most appropriate action to take when you’re dealing with flooded property.

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Cut Off Any Water That Could Be Responsible, Stop It Otherwise
Leaks inside your home can be stopped by cutting off water. Sometimes you don’t have to turn water to the entire property off, you just need to cut it off from a certain portion of the house. It depends on the situation. Sometimes your situation transpires from external phenomena over which you have no control—in fact this is often the case.

If you’re experiencing a flood from a river, a storm, a hurricane, a tornado, a flash flood, or something else, then you can’t turn off the water; but you may be able to stop it using sand-bags or other means to divert flow. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do, but when you can do something, you should do all you can.

Avoid Further Damage By Deactivating Electricity
Deactivating electricity may be your first step if the flood occurs somewhere there could be a serious electrocution issue. However, if you spend too much time chasing down the off switch for electricity before the water cut-off, there could be greater damage. This will be a judgement call in the moment that differs for everyone.

For the most part, you should shut off water, then deactivate electricity to the affected areas of the home or property. Use good judgement and avoid panicking. Anxiety and panic kill the mind, negatively impacting the decision-making process. Be calm, assess the situation, and take appropriate action.

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Depending On Severity, Consider Evacuation
When a flood is bad enough, you want to evacuate the premises. Floods can erode structural supports. In olden times, there were accounts of floods carrying whole houses away and floating them down the river. There’s a famous scene in the iconic novel Huckleberry Finn where this happens. It’s likely not as common today, but it does happen.

Get everybody away from danger if there is danger. Evacuation may be something you do right off the bat, except for yourself, when the flood comes. You may still need to cut off water and electricity; unless the situation is impossible, in which case evacuation takes the place of the earlier steps here. Regardless, once water and electricity have been cut, it’s best to leave unless the flood is quite minor.

Document Continually, Call Help When Safe
It’s important to document the whole thing as you go. If you’ve just got a quarter inch of water in the basement from an underground pipe that bursts, take pictures with your phone or another camera, note the time, note the damage, note previous conditions, and anything else important. Your insurance company will need this information.

You can find some additional information about the steps you should take and what is the most worthwhile to document at ISoldMyHouse.com. The more documentation the better, but there are some things that really won’t make a big difference either way. In any event, documentation can help you get the right help more quickly and affordably than otherwise.

Clean Up And Take Action To Stop Mold
After cutting off water and electricity, getting everyone to safety, documenting everything, and acquiring proper help, it will be time for clean up. If you catch the flood early enough, this might just be drying things off and replacing furniture. If things get bad enough, you might have to go into the walls and replace sheetrock to avoid mold. Professional assessment is key.

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Getting Your Property Back Where It Should Be
Nobody wants to deal with a flood in the basement or somewhere else in the house; most home owners will have some sort of emergency like this at some point with some property.

Take the proper precautions in terms of insurance, stop the water as possible, cut electricity, make everyone safe, document it all, get help, clean up, and take action to prevent mold. These steps should help you minimize the impact of a flood, and simultaneously reduce costs associated with recovery.

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