What to Do In Case of Flooding
Here are some safety precautions to keep in mind
- Gas and electricity may be affected, you need to be aware of shock risks before entering a flooded area. Turn off utilities as necessary.
- You need to be aware that standing water may contain contaminants from raw sewage or other pollutants.
- Flood waters can lead to risk of mould and mildew growth; wear protective gloves, masks, boots, and eye wear during cleanup.
- Keep children, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and those with respiratory issues away from the area.
- Report flooding to your city or municipality .
- Do not return home until authorities advise you it is safe to do so.
- Make sure the building is structurally sound before re-entering.
- Have electrical panels and furnaces inspected before turning them back on or using them
do not use any flooded appliances until inspected by a licensed inspector and cleaned as necessary
if you have a well, have it tested before using water.
- Contact your insurance company, if you plan to make a claim
- Remove standing water
- Take pictures and make lists of damaged items which cannot be salvaged
- Air out your home
- Open windows if possible, use dehumidifiers and industrial fans to help evaporate any remaining moisture
- Remove any saturated personal belongings to dry, clean and disinfect
- Dispose of irredeemably damaged items
- Pull out wet carpets and remove any moist drywall
- Cut drywall at least 50 cm above water line to reduce the risk of mold growth