Here’s some emergency flood recovery information and property restoration tips for victims of water, sewage, ice dam, and mold damage to their home or business.
Checklist of Flood Recovery and Water Damage Restoration Tips:
- Shut Off the Water Source to Prevent Further Water Damage.
- Turn Off the Circuit Breaker to the Affected Rooms.
- Call a Plumber if You Need to Locate any Plumbing Leaks and Repair Broken Pipes.
- Mitigate the Damage Immediately to Prevent Further Water Damage and Potential Mold Growth.
- Baseboards and Drywall May Not Always Appear to Be Wet, So In Between Is the Most Common Water Damaged Area Overlooked By Homeowners and Likely to Grow Mold if Not Dried Out Properly.
- Call a Professional Flood Damage Restoration Company to Extract the Water and Dry Out the Structure Along with any Salvageable Personal Property Items.
- Avoid Walking on Wet Carpet if Possible to Prevent Further Potential Staining.
- Remove Small Furnishings and Place Aluminum Foil Under the Legs to Prevent Staining and Rust.
- Draperies and Furniture Skirts Should Be Removed if Touching the Floor to Prevent Water Staining.
- Remove Breakables, Valuables, and Highly Sensitive Items From the Affected Rooms and Construction Area.
- Building Materials Should Be Tested for Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Prior to Demolition.
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REFERENCE LINKS: Flood, Water, Sewage, Ice Dam, and Mold Damage Information
- IICRC | Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification
- iii | Insurance Information Institute
- Mold Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments | New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Mold Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments | New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Printable PDF)
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Tips to Help Remove an Ice Dam From Your Roof | Travelers Insurance
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