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.

First Steps

  • 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.

Cleanup

  • 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