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If you live in Florida, you know that even the sunshine state faces its fair share of weather issues from time to time. Florida residents understand the threat of a bad tropical storm or hurricane from the coast and the destruction that kind of storm can bring with it.
For example, in the fall of 2017, many people were struck by hurricane “Irma” and the year before that was hurricane “Hermine.” One of the biggest problems Florida home owners face after a big storm is flooding and the subsequent water damage that follows.
If you have been impacted by hurricane flood waters, or damage from floods from bad storms or snow melts, read on to learn about 5 tips for restoring your home after a flood:
- Take Pictures and Contact Your Insurance Company
If you had to vacate your home during a hurricane or tropical storm and you return to your home, shut off power and first make sure that it is safe to enter the damaged area and the house in general. You want to minimize risk to your own health and the condition of the home.
Once it is safe, go through the damaged areas. Take photos and carefully document the conditions you see. Then, if you have it, get in touch with your home and flood insurance companies as soon as you can to figure out what you are entitled to. If you are in a designated disaster area, you may have additional resources as well.
- Remove Any Remaining Water
First you want to get the all clear from your insurer, but once you are given the green light, try to remove any excess water from the flood.
There are many ways to do this. You can go to a home supply or hardware store and purchase a wet vac or sump pump. If you remove water manually, for example using buckets, take extra precautions to protect yourself as you do so.
Once most of the water is removed, try to get more air flow running through the affected area. You can do this by opening doors and windows as long as it does not bring in more water or is not too humid outside.
- Start Taking Steps to Minimize Mold
Mold is one of the many potential effects that can take hold of a property after a flood. Mold occurs when there is excess moisture in an area. Mold can also be extremely dangerous, causing respiratory issues in humans and animals.
Once mold settles into an area, it can be extremely hard to remove, which is why you want to prevent it from growing after a flood. Remove things that attract mold easily like carpeting and bedding. For certain surfaces, you can control or stop the growth of mold by using special cleaning solutions.
- Remove Odors and Start Deodorization Processes
Another common effect that follows bad water damage caused by a flood or weather includes unwanted odors. There are many different causes of odors after a flood, but sometimes the smell lingers even after you remove what you believe was the source.
In order to really get rid of unwanted odors following a flood, it is best to get professional sanitation and cleaning services. Professionals can use specialized equipment that focus on antimicrobial, antibacterial, and disinfectant treatments that work well to tackle tough odors in a home after a flood.
- Keep Control Over the Humidity
One of the most important things that you can do for your home after the flood is minimize the humidity in the damaged area while it continues to dry out and get repaired. Too much humidity will gather more moisture and prevent the area from drying out properly and may lead to more mold or other complications.
If you live in Florida, you know that humidity is pretty much unavoidable for a large portion of the year. But there are steps you can take to minimize the humidity in your home, such as using a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture in the affected area.