The Great Flood is one of the defining incidents mentioned in the Bible, when God cleansed the Earth of all that is wrong to restore Truth to prominence. In our mundane everyday lives, a flood can be as life-transforming. With the proper restoration steps, you can ensure that you do not let the calamity derail your lives. In this article, we enumerate some of the steps to proper restoration after a flood.
The first thing that you need to safeguard is your life and safety. Consideration for material possessions should rank far below personal safety. In this regard, you should reenter your house only after authorities have declared it safe. If there's accumulated water in your house, delay your return. Also, floodwaters may have damaged the structural integrity of the house. If so, delay your return.
The next thing you need to determine is whether the electrical and sanitation systems in your house are working properly. These two systems, if damaged and left untreated, pose serious risks to the health and safety of the occupants of the house. It's recommended that you hire professionals to do any repairs instead of doing them yourself. This also holds true for the gas system in the house.
After you have addressed these critical issues, the next thing you need to be concerned about is insurance. If you are fortunate to be covered, you should ensure that you have evidence to back up your claim. The best way to go about this is to take lots of photographs throughout the house. Also, be sure to make a list of damaged or lost items, including their purchase date and value with receipts. These will help you immensely when dealing with the insurance company.
Addressing the problem of mold comes next on the checklist. The excess moisture and standing water will contribute to the growth of mold in the house. Although drying everything that has been soaked can help minimize this problem, it cannot be completely eliminated without professional help.
Always be aware of danger signs like dampness, overflows, electrical sparks, etc. Sometimes, these can reveal problems that you may not detect with visual inspection. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has instructions on dealing with floods, and you may want to take a look at them. Going online to research further on this subject is also not a bad idea.
There are dedicated professional services that can help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. If that option is financially viable, it is recommended. If not, you can look at using professional help for critical areas like electricity, sanitation and gas, while doing the remaining repairs yourself.
A flood and its aftermath is definitely a difficult time for you and your family. But if you plan for emergencies and follow the instructions given above, you can bounce back quicker than expected.