Immediately following a natural disaster, or even in the event of some sort of catastrophic plumbing leak, you may find yourself standing waist deep in water in what used to be your living room. When this occurs, it can be easy to panic, since repairing the damage can be an extensive and complicated process. In the event of a flooded house, there are a few things that you should do straight away to start the process of putting your house back together.
Call an Electrician
If there is still standing water in your home, it is a serious health and safety risk – not only for what might be floating in it, but because of the fact that it may be in contact with live wires. Before you can get started on cleaning up your flooded home, you need to make sure that it's safe to begin work: you'll have to have an electrician come in and make sure that the power is either completely off, or that there isn't any sort of electrical danger if you start doing work.
Drain the Water
If there's standing water in your home, it needs to be removed before you can get started on the actual cleaning process. Portable sump pumps and shop vacuums can be used to remove small amounts of water, but larger amounts (such as entire flooded basement) will require professional commercial equipment.
Even if there isn't any sort of standing water in your home, but the area is still damp and the humidity in the air is high, you'll want to work on drying the area out to reduce the risk of mold growth. Large fans and dehumidifiers can be installed in water damaged rooms to dry them out, and you should also try to open all the windows and doors to improve ventilation as much as possible (as long as that doesn't let more water in, of course).
Contact professionals from companies like All Care to perform flood damage repair.
If your home has experienced any sort of water damage caused by the weather, the first place that you should take a look at once you've started to dry out the interior of your home is the roof. You want to make sure that there are no areas that have been physically damaged that could let additional water into your home, and repair them if they do exist.
On the other hand, if water entered your home through your basement due to plumbing issues, you'll want to inspect all of your drains to make sure that they are working properly, and that there are no areas where water is still leaking out of your pipes. You may also want to have a plumber came in and inspect your sewer drain using a camera to determine if everything is working properly.