Water may have the power to sustain life, but it also has the power to destroy it. Water damage can be disastrous and the sooner you learn the safety tips and how to handle such a castostrophe, the better you are equipped to handle such episodes. Here are the four key things you should know about this catastrophe.
1) Calling a Professional to Repair the Damage Is the Best Solution
It goes beyond doubt that contacting a professional is the best step towards ensuring a successful cleanup after the water damage. Trying to manage the situation on your own can be futile at worst and frustrating at best. You lack the knowledge and expertise to carry out the cleanup process successfully, and you do not really wish to expose your loved ones and property to extra dangers. So why not let the experts handle it like a pro while giving you the much-needed peace of mind at this point.
The importance of hiring an expert extends beyond the normal scope of water damage restoration. It has plenty of benefits such as keeping your insurance coverage unviolated, providing valuable information on how to prevent future disasters, and saving you some cash in the long run. You only need to pay keen attention to a few factors to help you make an informed decision regarding your hiring needs. These include the company’s level of experience, the kind of technicians on board, and the speed at which they can send a technician to your property.
Once the floodwater has receded, and the cleanup has been completed successfully, many people will jump into the idea of returning to their homes as soon as possible. However, this is never advisable. It is necessary to designate sufficient time for a complete rebuilding process to evade such episodes in the future. Rebuilding as soon as the flood recedes can cause recurrent problems such as insect infestations, mold growth, and deterioration of the wall coverings to mention just a few. This makes it just natural that you need to inspect the property before resuming your normal lives. Check the structural and electrical damage exteriorly to find out if it is safe to enter.
3) Flood Insurance Claims
If you have flood insurance, this is the perfect time to contact your insurance adjuster. You can also take photos to use as an inventory when you finally meet up your insurance provider. You ought to clean up your house to enable the adjuster to see the severity of the damage accordingly. There are other factors you need to consider. For instance, you should keep all your damaged property as proof of loss. This makes it easy for your insurance provider to assess the damages before compensating for it appropriately.
4) Food and Water Sanitation
Unless the public health department or your local water company declares your water safe, consider purifying your water in the meantime. This not only applies to your drinking water but also cooking water as well as the one used for washing the dishes and bathing. Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans, on the other hand, can be saved but only if measures are taken in good time. In such a case, you will not only have to remove the labels but also wash the cans thoroughly before disinfecting them with the right sanitizing solution. Then you can re-label the containers with a marker and, including the expiration date.
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