4 Things Not to Do After a Flood Occurs
It isn't uncommon to feel a bit panicked when you see flood water gathering in your basement or around your yard. Unfortunately, that heightened sense of fear can lead to some steps that may put you in danger or cause damage to your home. Protect your home and family with this list of Do Nots:
1. Do Not Use Any Electricity in Your Home
It only takes a tiny amount of water to carry enough electricity to give you a pretty good shock. Electrocution is a very real danger as water damage affects your home. Avoid this type of injury by staying away from the water and turning off the power at your main breaker box. Shutting off the power also decreases the risk of fire after you've been evacuated.
2. Do Not Go in the Water
Whether you're driving down the street or walking through your flooded home, there could be danger in the water, including raw sewage, animals, insects, chemicals, and live electricity. Water on the roads or walkways can be deceptively deep and may have swift currents that put you and any potential rescuers at risk.
3. Do Not Attempt Cleanup or Repairs Without Proper Gear
Before you begin hauling out your belongings, gather together waterproof boots and gloves and consider using a mask. Remember that floodwater carries a lot of contaminants, so protective clothing helps you avoid exposure to germs.
4. Do Not Enter Your Home Without an Official Okay
There are many professionals trained to respond to disasters. When you listen to emergency responders, home inspectors, and even home cleanup and repair professionals, you're more likely to avoid injuries and further damage to the home.
It's natural to want to start cleaning up as soon as possible after floodwater damages your flooded home. However, these common mistakes lead to further harm, either by leading to injuries or secondary damage.