Dealing with the aftermath of flood damage can be an incredibly daunting task, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to even begin. Whether it’s a natural disaster or a burst pipe, water damage can wreak havoc on your home or business in Oneida County.
When it comes to flood damage, time is of the essence. Taking quick and decisive action can mean the difference between a small inconvenience and a full-blown disaster. To help you navigate the cleanup and restoration process, we’ve compiled a list of 5 tips to help you work through flood damages if they happen to you.
Prioritize Your Safety
Protect Gas and Electricity
Safety should always be your top priority in any emergency situation. Avoid contact with electrical sources and turn off power if necessary.
Gas and electricity can pose a safety hazard, particularly when affected by floodwaters. If you can, shut off any gas or electricity lines, particularly those that are in the affected area. If you’re unsure how to do this, call the company that supplies your service or ask for professional help.
Use Safety Gear
When you are panicked and not considering all the details, it can be easy to just rush right into those waters, even if it may not be safe. Electricity is certainly a concern, but the water itself has the possibility of being contaminated. You often do not know if it is clean water or if it is carrying bacteria and germs. Be sure to protect yourself rather than putting yourself at risk. This includes making sure you are wearing rubber boots, gloves, and maybe even eye protection and a mask in some cases. Cover your body so your skin is not exposed to water that could be harmful.
Moving Quickly Matters
It may seem like everything is moving in slow motion, but taking action quickly will be critical to protecting your structure and your belongings. Just because flood waters stop rising or start to dissipate does not mean you are off the hook.
You really do not have time to spare, and you need to act as quickly as possible. When water comes in, it can stimulate mold growth and it only takes about 24-48 hours for mold to start growing. Acting quickly might just save you from even more damage.
Start the Drying Process
Drying out your property is an essential part of the restoration process. As professional flood damage service providers Redeeming Restoration has industrial-strength drying equipment and can pinpoint the areas that need the most attention. Move any belongings or structural materials out of the water and start the drying process as soon as possible.
Use a Professional to Make It Easier
Dealing with flood damage is a complex and challenging process. Using a professional restoration service provider can make a world of difference in mitigating the damage and getting your property back to its pre-flood state. They can help you work through the drying process, assist with cleanup, and take the burden off your shoulders.
Call Redeeming Restoration for Your Flood Damage Needs
At Redeeming Restoration, we are not just another restoration company. We are BUILDING a fundamental shift in the industry by providing more than just a quick fix. We are committed to helping people REBOUND after a DISASTER strikes, no matter how big or small. We understand the CHAOS that comes with such situations and we offer much more than just a cleanup service. We provide HOPE to those who are feeling overwhelmed and lost, and we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients get the support they need to get back on their feet. At Redeeming Restoration, we are not just a company, we are RESCUERS!
Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. Contact us today!