What to Do When Your House Floods

December 15, 2021

Aside from a devastating fire, hurricane, earthquake, or tornado, the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is flooding and water damage as a result. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic. There are several courses of action you can take to begin solving the problem right away.

If you feel discouraged at any time during the process of dealing with the aftermath of flooding, just remember that as long as there isn’t bad structural damage to your home, all it takes is patience and a bit of effort to deal with a flooded house.

Spring Into Action

First, there are some immediate steps you should take to keep yourself safe right after you have noticed flooding or flood damage.

If your house floods, it causes a huge risk for electricity to travel through standing water directly to a good conductor such as a human body.

Thus, you should leave your home immediately. Do not try to grab anything from your house just yet. After you go outside and away from any standing water, call the electric company and ask them to cut the power to your house.

You can now go back inside to grab any vital supplies you had to leave behind.

Next, call your landlord if you are renting the house or contact your home insurance provider if you own it. Make sure to take plenty of photos of the standing water and any flood damage so your insurer can properly assess the damage.

It is also important for you to get an inspection of your house’s foundation and overall structure to ensure there are no major issues as a result of the flooding. This is something you should definitely do if the water was deep and widespread.

Clean-up

Once you have taken care of all the immediate concerns of a flooded house, you can focus on the clean-up. In the worst case scenario (other than structural damage to your home), you will need to hire a professional to clean your house, but you will likely be able to do it on your own.

If there is still standing water in your house, the first course of action is to remove as much of it as possible using a sump pump. Also, remove all items in your house, such as pieces of furniture, that came into contact with flood waters.

Make sure to scrub away any mould or mildew you find in your home after the waters have subsided.

If you have flooded carpets, this can cause mould to start growing in your house very quickly. Thus, you should clean them immediately after removing any leftover water on them. You can use a wet-vac to suck up water and debris from the carpets.

You should also run fans underneath and over your carpets to get air moving around them and drying them. If it is relatively dry outside, consider opening up all of your windows as well.

You can run a dehumidifier in any room where the flooding was the worst. If you keep at the drying process, your house will be back to its old self in no time.

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