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Dealing with a flood in the home can be devastating and costly. Unfortunately, millions of homes across America are in what’s considered flood zones. Flood zones are often found in areas that deal with a lot of rain fall or are located near a body of water. Even a small river in the backyard can turn into a mess when it’s allowed to overflow and send water crashing through your house. Cleaning up from a flood is time-consuming and can be expensive when you get the pros involved, but it’s a necessary evil after dealing with this catastrophe.

Waiting for the Flood to Subside

Before you can call in a professional, you need to wait for the flood water to subside and get out of your home. If the flood is man-made, as you’d find with a massive plumbing leak, you need to get the leak repaired before you can repair the aftermath of a flood. No remediation company will be able to fix the damage of flood waters if the flood is still present in the home. If you’re having problems getting the water out of the home, consider contacting a friend or relative who has a sump pump you can borrow.

What to Do While Waiting for a Professional

While waiting for the professionals to arrive, you need to work to get the area somewhat dried out so that your house has a fighting chance. Use a sump pump or wet-dry vacuum to remove excess water from the rooms. You also need to remove items from the area that are either at risk of having water damage or are already in the area. You need to shut off your electric in the rooms that were affected to prevent wires from becoming an electrical hazard. Use a series of fans and circulation devices to dry out the area as best as possible before the remediation company gets there. If possible, open windows and doors for better home circulation.

How to Clean on Your Own

If you’d rather save money and do the remediation on your own, this is definitely possible, though it might be a bit time-consuming and there is a chance that the job won’t be done properly. By utilizing sump pumps and wet-dry vacuums, you can get a good majority of the water out of the area and away from your floors, walls and furnishings. Purchase a dehumidifier and place it in the room that’s been affected to further dry it out. Special air flow machines improve the circulation in the room so that mold cannot begin to grow.

Next, you’ll need to get rid of any and all items damaged from a flood. Unfortunately, your carpeting and its under padding will have to be tossed and replaced with new. Carpeting can’t be dried out completely to the point where mold won’t become an issue, so it’s best to start fresh. The same applies to your walling and the insulation behind it. The dry wall in your home can definitely be dried out, but the thick insulation behind it is what causes further water damage. If left to sit there, you could have a huge mold growth problem behind the walls of your home. Certain furnishings should be thrown away as well, since they might have problems drying out completely.

Hiring a Remediation Company

There are lots of remediation companies out there that specialize in disaster cleanup. They come to your home with all of their own equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. They will leave with a guarantee against mold growth and will charge according to the work being done. Even though it can be expensive to hire a company like this, they are often the only ones who can get your home totally dried so that mold and water damage issues won’t be a problem in your house. Contact a few companies to get a free quote on their available services before hiring any one of them.

Getting Insurance Involved

Because remediation companies can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars to get your home cleaned up, it’s often impossible for the average homeowner to afford these services. In this case, look at your home insurance policy to see if it covers flood damages. If you live in a flood zone and have a mortgage on your home, chances are that the remediation will be fully covered.

What to Know for the Next Flood

If the area in which you’re living deals with flooding regularly, you need to prepare for the next disaster to avoid further damage being done to your home. If you don’t currently have insurance, consider getting some put on the property so that the company pays for remediation costs the next time you need to hire the pros. Be aware of the changing seasons and when a flood is most likely to hit. If possible, get all of your possessions out of the home before the waters rise and destroy all that you hold dear. There are also barriers you can put around the home that will keep the water from entering the property entirely, but these aren’t always the best option for homes that might be encircled by a flood. If all else fails, you might want to consider selling your home and moving to an area that doesn’t deal with such disasters.