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Water, Water, Everywhere: 3 Safety Precautions To Take When Your Home's Been Flooded

If your home were to suffer a flood, would you know what to do? Do you know what safety precautions to take to protect you and your family? You may think it's safe to just jump in and start cleaning up the mess. Unfortunately, that can put you in harm's way.

It's never a good idea to simply wade into the water and start cleaning up. There could be hazards that you're not aware of. Here is a brief description of the safety precautions you should take before beginning the clean-up.

Turn the Electricity Off

Before you step into the flood water, be sure to inspect for electrical hazards. Look in the windows. Can you see the water line on the walls? This will be the mark left on your walls when the water began to recede. If the water marks are above your electrical outlets, turn the electricity off to the house before entering.

Once you're in the house, check all the outlets. If you have household appliances plugged into outlets that were exposed to water, you'll need to dry out the electrical cords before plugging them in again. Dry them thoroughly and allow them to air dry for 24 hours.

Put On Protective Clothing

Even clean water can become contaminated when it sits long enough. When cleaning up water damage, it's a good idea to treat all flood water as if it were contaminated. You'll need to put on the following protective clothing.

  • Long pants – tucked into boots
  • Long sleeved shirt – tucked into gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Rubber gloves
  • Face mask
  • Goggles

Beware of Wild Creatures

This may seem strange, but if the flooding was caused by rains or overflowing rivers, you could have wild creatures in your home. After recent flooding in Texas, many homeowners returned home to find that the flood waters had carried snakes into their homes. On your first trip through your home, go slowly through each room. Pay particular attention to corners and other areas where small animals and snakes could be hiding.

Open the Windows

Standing water can lead to mold growth. As soon as you can get in to your home, it's a good idea to open the windows. This is important because the fresh air will circulate through your home and help dry out the mold spores that could be inside your home.

If your home has been flooded, you'll need to clean up the damage as soon as possible. The tips provided above will help you stay safe while you recover from the flood. If you need more thorough restoration work done, contact Flagship Restoration.