What to Do When Your House Floods
After your house floods, the first 24 to 48 hours are highly important. Your priority should be to avoid taking risks and to protect your health from contaminated water. Document the damage with photos or video, then contact your insurance company. Ask the company about removing water. They may send out specialists, or you may have to rent a sump pump or wet vac yourself. Open all doors, windows and drawers to air out the place. Last, take any important wet papers and put them inside a plastic bag and then into a freezer. This will prevent mold from developing.
- If you had to leave your home after a flooding, make sure to call your local utility company to ensure you can return safely.
- Post-flooding it becomes a primary concern to check your property for structural damage, such as cracks in the foundation.
- Before initiating repairs, it is important if you hope to have any form of reimbursement, to take clear and obvious pictures of the damage.
“If it’s water from a household plumbing discharge, it may be covered by your homeowners or renters insurance.”