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What To Do After a Flood

What To Do After a Flood

Floods have the ability to cause a staggering amount of damage, from ruining beachfront properties to seeping into entire suburban neighborhoods. Each year, floods cost homeowners and business owners billions of dollars in losses and necessary repairs. From basement floods to the destruction of buildings and local crops, floods are extremely damaging and expensive in both rural and urban areas. When you have experienced a flood and your home requires attention, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure your household remains safe and protected at all times throughout the cleanup process. 

What to Do During a Flood 

If you are experiencing a flood in real-time and there is no way to escape it, move your family to the highest ground near you or inside of your home. Use sandbags to create barriers outside of your home and surrounding your property to reduce the amount of floodwater that is let into your actual home itself. Stock up on sandbags if your home is located in an area with a much greater risk of flooding than usual. 

Do not swim or walk in water that is moving or water that appears deep, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Steer clear of walking in water or floods outside, especially if there are downed power lines or potential risks in the water from wind and storm damage. 

Avoid driving in your vehicle if there are massive flood surrounding your home and your entire neighborhood. Flood waters rise quickly and can bog you down while driving or pull your car under the water without any possible escape route. 

What to Do After a Flood 

After a flood has stopped, it is not immediately safe to return to your home or living without caution. Flood waters contain a heavy mix of sewage, chemicals, oils, and in some cases, gasoline. Avoid spending extended amounts of time in the floodwater that surrounds your home or neighborhood. If there is floodwater standing on the first floor of your property, move upstairs or consider relocating if you have a boat or mode of transportation available as the water level begins to decline. 

Only drink and wash with bottled and filtered water. Even if you are thirsty, drinking flood water drastically increases your risk of becoming dehydrated or extremely ill. 

Drain the water from your home once the flood begins to subside using a wet vacuum along with dehumidifiers. Eliminate standing floodwater as quickly as possible to prevent the potential growth and spread of mold throughout your home, especially in dark and damp areas such as basements. 

Avoid attempting to repair your home's electrical issues caused by floods and strong winds. Reach out to professionals who are experienced with repairing electrical problems after natural disasters such as flooding. Do not plug in any electrical devices and avoid walking in areas of your home where items and electronics are still likely plugged in to avoid the risk of an electrical shock. 

Taking precautions when preparing for a flood and knowing how to handle your environment after a flood help to remain alive in even the direst of situations. With the right knowledge of preparing for and taking on a natural disaster, feel confident when making decisions for your family when you experience a truly massive flood.

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