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What To Do After a Flood in Your Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

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Water damage is not fun for any homeowner and unfortunately, South Florida is prone to flooding. As such, knowing what to do in the event of a flooded home is critical to mitigating the damages and getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible. From rainstorms to overflowing toilets and from leaky faucets to poorly insulated showers, water damage can occur in a myriad of different scenarios. In South Florida, the summer season brings a ton of rain and thus increases the likelihood of flooding in your home. Water damage is actually an issue nationwide, accounting for nearly 1,400 home or work indoor flooding each and every day.

The first 24 hours following any type of flooding or water damage in your home is often the most important. No matter how bad the damage may be, quick response times almost always play a vital role in reducing the amount of destruction that is suffered by the property. Keep in mind the following tips on what to do after a flood in your home:

  1. Use mops to remove any excess water
  2. Remove tabletop items and then wipe off excess water on wood furniture
  3. Take all cushions and upholstery and prop them up to remove water
  4. Pick up furniture legs where possible and place aluminum foil down between the legs and the wet carpet
  5. Turn on the A/C to max in order to speed up the drying process
  6. Take colored rugs off of wet carpet immediately
  7. Transfer any art objects to a dry area in the home
  8. Collect all loose items from the floor
  9. Use dehumidifiers for small spaces
  10. Remove any books, photographs, or important papers from wet areas
  11. Shut off electrical systems
  12. Turn on all fans in the home to circulate airflow
  13. Disinfect any contaminated areas with non-toxic, strong disinfectants
  14. Throw away any damages items
  15. Call water damage professionals as soon as possible to assess and repair the damage

If a pipe bursts or a heavy rainstorm strikes unexpectedly in your home, it’s difficult to avoid panicking. Homeowners must take a deep breath and contact SERVPRO as soon as they can to get professionals on the job immediately. Our water damage experts are a team of professionals who will work diligently to mitigate damage and restore your home back to normal. With our highly trained technicians, our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today!

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