How to Handle Flood Damage at Home

25 Mar

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When heavy storms and rains come, flooding can sometimes occur.  Flooding can cause huge damage not only your things, but also to the structure of your home.  If your house is damaged by flooding, here are a few ways you can effectively handle it:

  • Switch the main electricity off. This is the first thing that you need to do, so you don’t trigger further damage to your house. Open electrical wires may be running inside your house, and they could easily cause electrocution if nnot turned off.
  • Save what you can. If there are items at home that were not damaged by the flood, save them immediately. Store your things in boxes or sealed containers and put them inside your car, so these will not be contaminated by further flooding or mold.
  • Vacate your home. Nobody wants to live inside a flooded house, even if only for a short while. If you have somewhere to temporarily live while you clean the house, go there. However, if only a small part of the house is flooded, assess the situation to determine if you can still live in it while you resolve the situation.
  • Contact your insurance company. Inform them of your current situation, so they can process financial assistance as soon as possible. You may want to retain the things that were already damaged by the flood, so your insurance company can count them in the total damage. Otherwise, take a photo or video of them.
  • Call a professional. After your insurance company settles the claim with you, you can call a professional to clean and fix your home. Mold and mildew may start to grow, and some parts of your house may have received severe water damage, so it’s important to have a trained eye inspect the situation.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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