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Behavior To Avoid After a Flood

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a flooded home Your home can recover if flood water invades your house.

Storm season in Bountiful, UT, can bring refreshing rain, but too much of it can do a lot of damage to your home. If flood water invades your house, there are many things you need to do before it is inhabitable again. There are also many things you should avoid doing.

3 Things You Should Avoid Doing After a Flood 

Don't Touch Contaminated Water

Water from storm flooding is contaminated. It picks up debris, bacteria and chemicals anywhere it goes, and all those particles flow right into your flooded home along with it. You should never enter standing water in your home without donning the appropriate personal protective gear:

  • Goggles
  • Impermeable coveralls
  • Rubber boots
  • Face mask
  • Gloves

It's best to stay out of the water altogether. If you must enter it, though, take the necessary precautions to ensure it doesn't touch your skin.

Don't Delay Calling Professionals

There are two important calls you need to make right after you discover flood water in your house. Contact your insurance provider so that the company can send an adjuster out as soon as possible. This assessment will be necessary when filing your claim. You also need to contact water mitigation experts to start the restoration process. If you delay cleanup, the water damage to your home can quickly become worse, leading to secondary problems such as further saturation and mold growth.

Don't Return Before Home Is Ready

As anxious as you may be to return to your home and normal life, the mitigation process can take a while. It's important to delay your return until your home is completely restored. That way, you know it's safe to move your belongings and your family back into the house.

Your home can recover from the damage caused by flood water with the proper expertise from certified professionals. Your prompt action and avoidance of any behavior that may complicate or delay the process is vital to getting your home back to the way it was before the flood.

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