What To Do If Your Home is Flooded

Water damage emergencies in your home or business can be extremely traumatic. Every year, flooding from hurricanes and tornadoes cause death and destruction to property.

What To Do If Your Home Is Flooded

Water damage emergencies in your home or business can be extremely traumatic. Every year, flooding from hurricanes and tornadoes cause death and destruction to property. All it takes is a few inches of water to cause extensive damage to your home’s structure and furnishings, creating electrical hazards and promoting the growth of dangerous mold. Understanding how you should properly prepare for a flood can help keep your home and family safe.

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Be Prepared For Flooding

While it is not possible to control the weather conditions, we can take precautions to ensure our safety and protect our structures from severe damage. Whenever flooding is imminent, or your home begins to take on water, remember to do the following:

  • Move your essential items to the upper, raised floors.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and turn off utilities at the main switches.
  • Make sure rain gutters, drains, and downspouts are not obstructed.
  • Elevate your appliances at least a foot above the expected flood level in your area.
  • Remove all toxic substances like pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution.
  • If advised to evacuate your home by local emergency authorities, please do so immediately.
  • Have a battery operated radio with you, along with extra batteries for emergency updates. Remember, cell phones may not have power to charge.

What To Do After A Flood

Your safety is important; so, before entering your flooded property, check for structural damage.

If you aren’t sure that the utilities are disconnected, contact your utility companies to turn them off and inspect the systems to prevent gas leaks or electrical hazards. Remember, children and pets are to be kept out of standing water.

Before removing any water, take pictures and record the extent of the water damage to support insurance claims and requests for assistance.

At this point, you need a professional that specializes in post-flood cleanup to inspect your home to get an idea of what repairs or changes are needed to fortify your house. Ensure you use licensed and insured contractors to make any of the modifications. If not promptly and appropriately dealt with, water damage can become a nightmare for your home or business.

Team Highland Construction & Restoration specializes in water and storm damage repair. When homes experience flooding or take on water, our team is fully equipped to provide assessments for insurance companies, extract water from your home or office, and properly dry out the water damaged areas to prevent further damage. We can also handle the restoration of your home or office to better than pre-loss condition.

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Team Highland Construction & Restoration of Fayetteville and Wilmington North Carolina is here for you. Contact us at 910-485-6738 for a restoration company you can trust.

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