What to Do Right After a Flood

Flooding can occur during any season. It is an unpredictable phenomenon that you must be prepared for, even during the winter months. You never know when the huge mounds of snow in your yard could melt, causing a massive flood into your home. However, if your property does experience flooding, there are certain steps you should take to prevent even more hazards from occurring.

If your house has unfortunately been flooded, there are multiple dangers that still exist, even in the aftermath. Here is what you should do in the coming days to repair and rebuild:

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• Check in with local alerts regularly to get information from experts.
• Return home only when local authorities indicate that it is okay and safe.
• Take extreme caution when entering your home again because there could be hidden damage in the foundation.
• Look after yourself and your loved ones. Try to balance their well being and focusing on cleanup and repair.
• Avoid floodwaters because they could be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage.
• Keep a manageable schedule when making repairs.
• Open the windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
• Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.
• Keep the power off and be aware of downed power lines. You don’t want to get electrocuted.
• Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that may be around due to the floodwater.
• Inspect the utilities in your home.
• Take pictures of any damage for insurance claims.

At The Russell Agency, LLC, we believe the last point on this list is a key factor to your recovery plan. Did you know that your homeowners insurance policy does not cover damages caused by flooding? As a home owner, you should not overlook flood insurance. We can provide comprehensive and affordable solutions that will meet your personalized needs. Depending on your property’s location and flood history, there are different options available for your coverage, so speak to us today for more information.

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