6 Steps to Take After a Flood

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Dealing With A Flood

Even though the weather is heating up for summer, the threat of floods is still around. Late spring storms can easily bring in heavy rains, causing flash floods. If you find your property flooded, it is easy to be overwhelmed with all the work that needs to be done. Keep these tips in mind for dealing with a flood to help your life get back on track as soon as possible.

  1. Scrape or shovel all the mud off your floors, walls, and furniture before it dries up. After as much mud as possible is out, hose down the walls with clean water, starting with the ceiling and working your way down.
  2. Most major appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators can be washed out and dried completely. Typically, they will not have significant damage unless they were being used during the time of the flood.
  3. Dilute chlorine bleach with water to clean household appliances, floors, and walls. The bleach will not only help to kill germs, but it will help to control any odors.
  4. Put all wood furniture outside to dry out, but make sure not to place the pieces in direct sunlight. Remove the drawers and any other moving parts before you put them out to dry.
  5. If your basement is full of water, gradually pump out the water to help prevent any structural damage. Pump out around one-third of the water each day.
  6. Take the proper precautions to avoid any electrical shock after a flood. Make sure that the main power source to your house is turned off and look out for any exposed wiring before entering your home.

It is important to remember that your homeowners insurance policy will not provide any coverage for damage that is done during a flood. Only a specific flood insurance policy will provide the protection that you need. Contact Idaho Insurance / Affordable Insurance in Caldwell, Idaho for all of your flood insurance needs.

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