What To Do After a Major House Flood

house floodExperiencing floods at first hand is never a comforting matter, it’s distressful and dangerous. Coping with the destruction brought about by a flood is no different.

Often times, you’ll be coming home to a wrecked house, with wet and grimy furniture, ruined appliances, and a load of other damages that will take you weeks and even months to repair. At times, a flood aftermath can leave you with lurking or impending dangers. Due to a lot of water, the soil might become loose which can lead to foundation collapse or even landslides.

When you return to your home after a major flood, you should follow some of the following precautions to ensure your safety. You have escaped the floodwaters with your life, the last thing that you want to do is waste it because you were a little careless.

After major floods, it usually takes a while before the roads are totally cleared of debris, mud, rocks, etc. Sometimes the roads remain under floodwaters or are severely damaged because of the flow. When you see notices along the roads or barricades on the roads, it is best to turn around and take another path.

Don’t put away your radio just yet. News and emergency announcements are continuously being aired after major floods. These news can tell you where to go, what you can do and how to get to your home without endangering yourself and your family.

Be helpful with both the emergency or rescue workers and the other victims as well.

Keep your nose up and try to heighten your powers of observation. When walking or driving in areas that have been affected by the flood, you should keep on solid ground. Also remember that running water six inches deep are enough to sweep you away while a standing pool of water can cause a serious electric shocks from open and live wires.

Like earthquakes, floods also exhibit other effects. Also, flood can re-occur anytime.

Your home and things might have been ruined by the flood, but there’s one thing that you should never let anything happen to. We’re talking about your health. Flood aftermath usually brings a variety of disease because of the unhygienic environment. More often than not, the Red Cross or other non-government organization will be handing out relief goods like medicine, clothing, food and clean water to drink.

Once you begin to do the necessary repairs, you should always be wary of debris around you. You don’t want to be caught in detached wirings, cut glass or other sharp objects that can cat and bruise your during your repair works. Before you enter a house, for example, be sure that you can’t smell any gas coming from the inside. It would be ideal to avoid smoking cigarettes or lighting candles for the meantime. You don’t want to start a fire just after a flood disaster.

Check your roof, foundation and chimney for cracks and other damages. Avoid entering a building that is in the brink of collapsing. If you have damaged water lines, it would be best not to drink from your faucet up until the local authorities have declared it safe.

At this point, it would be wise to contact your insurance agent and inform him/her of the extent of the damage to your home.

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