Where to turn when disaster strikes: dealing with the aftermath of a flood
In recent years it seems that floods have become more common, and large numbers of homeowners are finding that they have to deal with the repair and restoration of their homes. The effects of a flood can be devastating for families, not to mention costly, so it makes sense for you ensure that you are prepared if something like this does happen to you.
The effects of water damage
Water can be very damaging. Once a house has been flooded, simply drying it out is not enough. Even when the floors, walls, and furniture are dry to the touch they will often still show the effects of the flooding. This can be heartbreaking when you have put a lot of time and effort into making your home perfect.
In many cases, the home décor will need to be redone and furnishings will need to be replaced. It is also very possible that you will not be able to live in your home while it is being dried and renovated, leading to even more expense as you will need to find alternative accommodations.
It is important that you find out if your home is at risk of flooding. Official government agencies keep details on areas that they consider to be at risk, and this information is easy to access. You should be aware that if your home is located an area that has a high risk of flooding the issue of homeowners insurance becomes much more complicated. Some insurers will not deal with areas that are at risk, while others will hike up their premiums. However, there are some insurers that look favorably on homes that may be at risk but have not been flooded for a long period of time, and the measures that homeowners take to prevent damage will also work in their favor.
If you believe that your home is at risk of suffering flood damage, one of the best things you can do is to try to keep valuable items out of harm’s way; move valuable items such as paintings and home electronics upstairs if possible to lessen the risk of them being damaged. You should also consider moving electrical sockets and fuse boxes further up the walls so that if the house is flooded they are not touched; this will not only help to keep the power on, but also help lessen the risk of fires caused by shorting.
After a flood
In some cases it will be necessary to completely replace furniture, walls, and particularly carpets. However, if the flood has only caused minor damage you may be able to salvage the carpeting with a professional cleaning. In most cases, the first step will be to find a local carpet cleaning company that specializes in bringing carpets back to life after flood damage. You should also be able to easily find companies that offer specialized repair and renovation services for furniture, walls, and other types of flooring if it is not too badly damaged. It is important to choose a restoration company that uses restoration management software so that you know the repairs are being done correctly. The key here is to contact these professionals as soon after the flooding occurs as possible.
Flood damage can come in all shapes and sizes. A burst pipe, for example, may just soak the flooring in a home, while the local river overflowing its banks could fill the whole ground floor with water and dirt. Doing what you can to flood-proof you home – and getting help as soon after flooding occurs as possible – could end up saving you a lot of time and money.