Tips to Help with a Flooded House
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The location- Plantation, Florida. The problem- a fully flooded house due to a top-down water loss. The source- a toilet supply line on the second floor of the home. Complicating factor- the homeowners were away at the time of the loss, and the neighbors discovered water coming out of the garage. While the above situation was upsetting and totally out of the ordinary for the homeowners, it is a scenario we, at Joe Taylor Restoration, see all the time.
Because a flooded house is a common occurrence, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) gives homeowners a few tips to help the cleanup of a flooded house begin in a timely fashion:
Contact a professional that is certified in restoration. Be sure to check the credentials of the company being considered. The IICRC sets the standards for this industry, and those that have been certified by these standards will know how to properly handle the job from beginning to end.
It is also a good idea to contact one’s insurance agent. Not all policies cover water damage or flood cleanup. The coverage will likely depend on the circumstances. While one policy may not cover rising water, it may cover a pipe that has burst in the home. To find out what your policy covers and how best to move forward, contact your insurance agent.
Do not to try to begin the flood clean up process alone. A flooded house is a dangerous and oftentimes toxic environment. Only a professional with experience should attempt to remedy and repair the damages. Certified technicians are trained and have the proper tools and equipment to maintain public safety while attending to the damage.
Do not dismiss the damage or think that it is not bad enough to hire a professional. Consider that the receding waters will seep into porous material such as wood and cloth. Though the property may seem to be drying, it may be concealing a potentially harmful secret within the walls and flooring. Mold and dry rot can ruin the structural soundness of the building, and be unsafe for its occupants. Often, the effects of hidden damage will not be seen right away, but can show up years later. It is better to take care of water damage right away before the problem gets worse.
A homeowner can feel totally overwhelmed when faced with a flooded house. There are so many things to consider. It is best to hire a certified team of professionals that know the proper methods for cleanup and restoration. Most homeowners will be surprised at how much can be salvaged when the process is handled by IICRC certified technicians, like those at Joe Taylor Restoration. If you are faced with a flooded house, call Joe Taylor Restoration right away. One call will result in the expertise and considerable resources necessary to remedy the situation and restore your property to its original condition.