What To Do When Your Home Floods
Flooding is stressful, serious, and unfortunately not 100% preventable due to accidents, like sump pump failure, and extreme forces of nature. While we can’t always control when our home floods, we can control how we react to, and cope with, such a disaster in order to minimize damage and loss.
Identify the cause
And stop the flow if possible! Figuring out where exactly the water is coming from can help to identify if the water is potentially bio-hazardous, as well as what steps need to be taken in order to stop the water and, in turn, stop more damage from being done. If the water is coming from inside the home, turn off your water supply.
Turn off the fuse box
If you can access the fuse box without getting wet, turn it off as soon as you can. If you have to walk through water to get to your fuse box, or if it is about to be submerged, call an electrician immediately. Do not take any risks when it comes to your electricity in a flood as one misstep can be fatal.
Stay out of flooded area
Get to higher ground or evacuate your home if you are in an emergency situation. You’ll be able to return to the flooded area to take care of everything when the water has subsided.
Document the damage
When it’s safe to enter the flooded area, take the time to do a walk-through and record all damage and its extent with photos and written descriptions. This information is needed to make an insurance claim, and gives you an idea of next steps in terms of cleanup and renovation.
Call your local WINMAR
We will help you remove the water, dry out your home and belongings, take care of mould remediation, and even work with you to process your insurance claim. If the damage is extensive, we’re also able to complete necessary renovations to get your home back to pre-loss condition.
Bookmark this blog in case of a future flood! You can find your local WINMAR’s contact information here.