Floods are devastating. No flood survivor can say they have not been affected in some way, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. Even harder than the flood itself is getting yourself to move on, assess the damage, and deal with the clean-up. Here are five steps that can help you take stock of your situation at home.
- For safety’s sake, it’s best that you stay out of your home as often as possible until you understand the severity of the damage. You may be eager to get inside and clean-up as much as possible by hand, but the possibility of floors or walls caving in is simply too large to risk.
- Hire a professional to assess your home’s safety. These people are trained to identify how much damage has been done to a structure, whether or not you can safely enter the building, or whether your home is salvageable at all. They will also be able to give you a quote on water damage repair, so you have an idea of how much full water removal will cost.
- Get the water out. Even if it might not seem too wet, water is adept at hiding in your home. Water can hide it carpets and wall spaces easily, so it’s crucial to focus your efforts on water extraction as soon as possible.
- Clean out trash. Sadly, many of the things that might be contaminated were once treasured objects. View this step as key to maintaining your way of life and moving past the flood – if you view this trash cleaning as an internal healing process, it may help ease you through it.
- Dry your property. Just because the water is out does not mean that your property is dry! Focus on floors, carpets, walls, furniture, and personal belongings. Again, this can be an area where you will want to address a professional and see what they can do to help you dry out walls and floors. This step will prevent damp items from developing potentially deadly mold.